BALTIMORE -- Rick Hahn doesn’t want to talk about negotiations with first-round pick Carlos Rodon.
But that won’t stop the White Sox general manager from talking about the possibilities Rodon brings, including his potential status for 2015, were he to sign. Hahn thinks the North Carolina State junior left-hander could start next season in the White Sox rotation, were he to sign with the White Sox. The White Sox have until July 18 to sign Rodon, who was selected with the third overall pick in the amateur draft on June 5.
“Based on our scouting evaluation that’s certainly a possibility,” Hahn said Tuesday. “But until you get a guy in and get to know him and spend day in and day out with him, I think it’s a little risky to put time frames on guys. Even guys we have, we want to give them a chance to succeed and fail at their own individual pace. Certainly from the outside, so to speak, he has that ability, yes.”
Earlier this week, assistant GM Buddy Bell said he thinks negotiations with Rodon could extend all the way until the July 18 deadline, which disappoints Bell because the franchise wants to get its hands on the pitcher as soon as possible. Some have suggested Rodon could reach the majors later this season with the White Sox, albeit pitching in the bullpen.
Super agent Scott Boras advises Rodon and he and Hahn are known for their tough negotiating tactics.
Hahn made his first public comments several days after Rodon -- whom one scout calls a top-10 pitcher on the planet -- and vowed not to discuss negotiations again. He reiterated those thoughts again Tuesday.
“I don’t plan on giving any updates or talking about where we are on anything related to Carlos until he either makes a decision to sign and starts his professional career or goes another route,” Hahn said.
Both Hahn and amateur scouting director Doug Laumann said earlier this month that they’re optimistic the White Sox could sign Rodon. The White Sox do have insurance in case Rodon doesn’t sign as their draft pick is protected. Were Rodon to not sign, the White Sox would receive the No. 4 pick in next June’s draft.