3 SF Giants players who take could home the Willie Mac Award
3.. Pitcher Carlos Rodón
Most of the Giants' roster leans on the quieter side, but Carlos Rodón is not one of them. He often wears his emotions on his sleeve and this team could use more of that.
The left-handed hurler has been electric since the Giants signed him to a two-year, $44 million pact last offseason. His deal includes an opt-out clause that he will likely exercise this winter with the hopes of landing an even bigger payday.
In 28 starts, Rodón has recorded a 2.93 ERA, 2.33 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 11.7 K/9, and a 4.42 SO/W ratio while earning a NL All-Star bid. Not surprisingly, he leads the Giants' pitching staff in most meaningful categories and will likely set a franchise record in K/9 by the end of this season.
Hopefully, the Giants can find a way to keep the southpaw. Money should not be an issue as the Giants are positioned to have more salary cap space than just about every big-market club. After a rough 2022 season, some fans are skeptical of the front office but retaining Rodón would go a long way in rebuilding trust.
The lefty reminds me of both Logan Webb and Madison Bumgarner in terms of competitive spirit. Each pitcher brings an edge to the mound that makes you think that the Giants have a chance to win when they are pitching. The players, undoubtedly, feel that way too.