4 former SF Giants failing miserably with their new team in 2023

The Giants had to let some players leave in free agency. As it turns out, they were right to move on from many of them.
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Carlos Rodon got paid by the Yankees and Giants fans should be glad of it

One of the biggest names on the free agent market period last offseason was Carlos Rodon. In his one season with the Giants, Rodon was awesome as he posted a 2.25 ERA with 237 strikeouts in 178 innings of work. While the Giants clearly managed Rodon carefully, the results were there and a lot of Giants fans wanted the team to bring him back. However, he instead signed a deal with the Yankees for six years and $162 million.

All of that innings management that we saw last year ended up foreshadowing Rodon's first season with the Yankees. During spring training. Rodon suffered a forearm strain as well as issues with his back that have kept him from making his debut with the Yankees. It does look like he should return from the IL very soon, but losing a marquee free agent signing for the first half of his first season with a new team is not what the Yankees needed.

If anything, this is a lesson in being very careful about signing pitchers to long-term deals. The reality is that the laws of physics and biology are very often not compatible with what pitchers are asked to do to their bodies each time they are out there. Rodon could end up putting together some great seasons in New York, but it is also just as likely that this won't be the only time he is on the shelf.

Jason Vosler has struggled mightily since leaving the Giants

In limited playing time last season, Jason Vosler actually put together a nice 2022 season with the Giants while slashing .265/.342/.469 in 111 plate appearances as a backup corner infielder type. However, his production in the minors didn't exactly match up with his work in the majors and the Giants ultimately DFAed him last offseason to make room on the 40 man roster.

As it turns out, that was the correct choice. Vosler eventually landed with the Reds on a minor league deal and while he has seen some time in the big leagues with them, the results have been bad as he has a .571 OPS in 65 plate appearances with his time in the minors only being a little better than that.

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