MINNEAPOLIS — Carlos Rodon’s negotiations might go down to the July 18 deadline. But White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell said Saturday morning he’d love for the left-hander to sign sooner, if only because he thinks it wouldn’t be long before Rodon reaches the majors.
The White Sox selected the junior pitcher with the No. 3 pick out of North Carolina State earlier this month. There has been some discussion that Rodon is close to major league ready as one scout this spring said he’s already a top-10 pitcher on the planet.
“I’m sort of old school on this, that it is what it is,” Bell said. “You want to get started sooner than later. You are losing out. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this.
“But I just think the sooner you sign and with his ability and how I see him, this kid is going to be in the big leagues soon. It just seems to me if money is the issue, he’s going to make a helluva lot more getting it started than not. This kid is a tough, big, solid big leaguer. I just hope he gets in going sooner than later.”
Some have suggested that Rodon and his advisor Scott Boras are seeking a deal for above the slotted $5.72 million signing bonus.
Through bonuses saved on other top-10 picks, the White Sox have roughly $6.1 million available to sign Rodon, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. The team could surpass that amount by another $570,000 without forfeiting a future draft pick, per Baseball America.