The Chicago White Sox kept the door open for a reunion with Carlos Rodon after the pitcher was non-tendered Dec. 2.
“We plan to stay in contact with both (outfielder) Nomar (Mazara) and Carlos and evaluate their possible fit with our club as we move forward through the offseason,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement at the time.
The Sox found that fit for Rodon, and the left-hander will return on a one-year, $3 million deal, according to multiple reports on Saturday.
Rodon, 28, has a 29-33 record and a 4.14 ERA in 97 outings, including 92 starts, in six seasons with the Sox.
He was the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, but injuries have impacted his career.
Rodon was limited to 12 starts in 2017 because of left biceps bursitis and left shoulder inflammation. He made 20 starts in 2018 after having offseason left shoulder surgery, and made seven starts in 2019 before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.
He appeared in four games in 2020, two starts, going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA. Rodon went on the 10-day injured list Aug. 4 with left shoulder soreness, was transferred to the 45-day IL on Sept. 13 and returned 11 days later.
Rodon worked out of the bullpen for the first time since 2015 after coming off the injured list. He had two relief outings in the regular season and faced three batters — allowing a walk, a double and an intentional walk — in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the American League wild-card series against the Oakland Athletics.
Rodon’s return, first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, gives the Sox another possible option for their rotation. Three of the starters — Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and new addition Lance Lynn — received votes for the AL Cy Young Award in 2020.
Dylan Cease and Reynaldo Lopez look to take the next step with new pitching coach Ethan Katz. And Michael Kopech, who missed 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and opted out of 2020 for “personal reasons,” figures to be a factor.
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