The San Fransisco Giants finally made their first big splash in the free agency following the lockout. While some believed that the lockout was needlessly dramatic for a lot of reasons, the Giants have been reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the team had secured left-handed starter Carlos Rodon on Friday and catcher Jose Godoy on Sunday.
While it’s time to look forward to what the lockout might bring to Major League Baseball, some people were still recalled by the fact that the lockout forbade contact between players and leagues. Though it was claimed as unnecessary, during the lockout, MLB applied tough policies, such as the removal of photos on websites and social media accounts throughout the season.
The lockout happened nearly 100 days. Last Thursday afternoon, it is finally lifted off when owners and MLB association reach their agreements. The uncertainty for baseball players is over and by the time April 7 rolls, bats will be swinging again on the field for the Opening Day.
Rodon, Godoy to play for Giants
As San Fransisco looks to improve on their MLB standings, Passan reported that the team decided to make a move for pitcher Carlos Rodon on Friday and both parties have agreed on a two-year, $44 million deal.
Rodon was of the big surprises of 2021 when he joined Clayton Kershaw as starting pitcher. He pitched 7⅔ innings in 2020 while coming off from a Tommy John surgery after a UCL injury. Following the surgery, the White Sox only extended his contract for another year before finally going to free agency due to the concerns of health moving forward.
Factoring that in, the Giants are obviously also taking a risk here. If Rodon pitches well and stays healthy, he might prove the White Sox wrong. Rodón will join Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, and Logan Webb in the Giants rotation. The 29-year-old arrived at the Giants’ facility on Saturday to pick out his jersey.
This time, it won’t be his old No. 55, but the team has yet to make the move official. In addition, the Giants also swooped in Jose Godoy two days after Rodon from the Seattle Mariners and was announced by both clubs.
Godoy signed with the St. Louis Cardinals back in July 2011, where he made his international debut in the Dominican Summer League Cardinals, as an international free agent. In 2013, he played for the Gulf Coast League, recorded .263/.368/.307 in 36 games.
The 27-year-old Godoy made his MLB debut last season. He played in 16 games and received 40 plate appearances. With Buster Posey recently announced his retirement, San Francisco was lacking a catcher. While Godoy has yet to make a lengthy big-league resume, hopefully, he is able to fulfill the void in SF’s team.
Godoy has hit .276/.357/.366 over his 2063 career. He joins Joey Bart and Curt Casali as the only catcher on the 40-man roster. Godoy is known to have a strong defensive reputation and mashed right-handed pitching in Triple-A last season.