While this winter's MLB free agent class may not be particularly deep, there is still plenty of high-end talent available. That includes premier arms like Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander, both of whom have won multiple Cy Young awards.
There's also Carlos Rodon, who hasn't won a Cy Young yet but is still very much an ace and expects to be paid like one after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco Giants.
Carlos Rodon Free Agency
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Rodon is reportedly seeking a contract that pays him around $35 million per year. Given that deGrom and Verlander both want $40+ million, it's a reasonable asking price.
The difference is that both of those pitchers are considerably older and will likely receive shorter-term deals. Rodon turns 30 next month and is probably looking for something in the 5-to-6 year range (at least).
While it took him a while to put it together, the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft has finally blossomed into an ace over the past two seasons. Since the beginning of 2021, he's gone 27-13 with a 2.67 ERA, a 0.998 WHIP and a 12.2 K/9 over 310 2/3 innings. He also made the All-Star team and received Cy Young consideration in both seasons.
With his age and recent track record, the big left-hander will have his share of suitors this offseason. While the Giants are interested in bringing him back, they'll have plenty of competition from other teams interested in his services.