With Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander off the board, Carlos Rodon is the top starting pitcher remaining on the MLB free agent market. That has made him even more desirable, as teams in need of an ace are now zeroing in on him.
That includes the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers as well as a "mystery team" that was recently revealed.
Carlos Rodon Free Agency Rumors
MLB insider Jon Heyman has reported that the mystery team is believed to be the St. Louis Cardinals.
While the Cardinals already made a splash in free agency by landing All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, they're apparently looking to upgrade their rotation as well. They may be looking for insurance in case Adam Wainwright finally declines this year at age 41.
Rodon, 30, would front a deep St. Louis rotation that lacked a true ace last year. After making back-to-back All-Star teams and going 27-13 with a 2.67 ERA since the beginning of 2021, Rodon certainly qualifies as a No. 1 starter.
The talented lefty is believed to be seeking a seven-year deal, so it remains to be seen if the Cardinals are willing to give that to him. If not, there's a good chance somebody else will.