(670 The Score) The White Sox have declined to tender contracts to left-hander Carlos Rodon and outfielder Nomar Mazara for 2021, the club announced Wednesday.
The moves make both free agents immediately. It’s still possible – but not likely – that the White Sox could bring them back at a lesser salary in free agency. If the White Sox move on from both, it will free up about $10 million for them to use in the free-agent or trade market if they so choose.
“A great deal of consideration and analysis goes into our decisions to forego the arbitration process and instead engage with players and their representatives as free agents,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We plan to stay in contact with both Nomar and Carlos and evaluate their possible fit with our club as we move forward through the offseason.”
Rodon, who turns 28 on Dec. 10, was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $4.5 million in arbitration. He has been plagued by inconsistency and injuries in recent seasons.
That included in 2020, when he dealt with shoulder and back issues and posted an 8.22 ERA in four appearances in the regular season. Rodon was once viewed as the future ace of the White Sox’s staff after they traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox in December 2016, but he has made just 43 appearances across the past four seasons.
Mazara, 25, hit .228 with one homer, 15 RBIs and a .589 OPS in 42 games in 2020, his first season in Chicago. Mazara was projected to make $5.9 million in the arbitration process.
In another move Wednesday, the White Sox and reliever Jace Fry agreed on a one-year, $862,500 deal to avoid arbitration. He had a 3.66 ERA last season.
The White Sox also tendered contracts to ace Lucas Giolito, right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, reliever Evan Marshall and outfielder Adam Engel. All four are arbitration-eligible this offseason. The White Sox's 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.