3 top reasons why Carlos Rodón would want to remain with the SF Giants
2. Financial flexibility
The Giants will start the offseason with more financial flexibility than just about every big-market team in baseball. Currently, they have a projected payroll of $134 million against the salary cap with large contracts like Brandon Crawford ($16 million) and Joc Pederson ($19.65 million) coming off of the books at the end of 2023.
The Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) is set at $233 million next year, meaning that the Giants are roughly $98 million below the CBT.
San Francisco clearly has a lot of holes to fill after finishing the year with an 81-81 record. They could go in a number of different directions as much of the roster is fungible in the sense that can look to make upgraes even at established positions if it makes sense.
Of course, the Giants will have a huge hole to fill in the rotation and few free-agent pitchers available who can replicate Carlos Rodón's production. If he walks, it really sends a concerning signal to the fanbase that the rotation will not be as good next year.
That said, the Giants are in a position to spend. There is a huge difference between ability to spend and desire to spend with the Giants front office aligning more with the latter. They just have not had a desire to spend on multi-year deals.
Retaining Rodón will take the front office out of its comfort zone. The left-handed hurler will likely use Kevin Gausman's five-year, $110 million contract as a template. It is possible that he even pushes for a higher average annual value.
The Giants have the cap space to spend. The question is, will they?