BOSTON — The White Sox aren’t talking about it, but multiple reports suggest first-rounder Carlos Rodon has signed with the club.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn effectively offered a no comment Tuesday afternoon when asked about Rodon, who reportedly received more than a $6.45 million signing bonus.
The White Sox selected the North Carolina State junior left-hander, who one scout described as already being a top-10 pitcher on the planet, with the third overall pick in June. WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.) TV reported that Rodon has agreed to terms with the White Sox and flew to Chicago on Wednesday in order to take a physical on Thursday. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman later reported that Rodon’s signing bonus, which is a franchise record.
The WRAL report also said Rodon — the team’s highest overall pick since they selected Harold Baines with the No. 1 pick in 1977 — is expected to join Single-A Winston-Salem afterward.
Asked about the report, and about any possibility of the White Sox reuniting with A.J. Pierzynski, who was designated for assignment by Boston on Wednesday, Hahn was brief as he has been throughout the process. The White Sox made a gentleman’s agreement early with Rodon’s camp — specifically advisor Scott Boras— to not comment publicly on the negotiation process.
“We don't talk about ongoing negotiations and we don't talk about players who may or may not be White Sox players in the future,” Hahn said.
Rodon is expected to receive a franchise-record signing bonus. The slotted amount for the No. 3 pick is $5.7 million.
Off to a 39-51 start, the defending champion Red Sox were rumored to be thinking about parting ways with Pierzynski when the White Sox rolled into town.
Boston DFA’d Pierzynski on Wednesday afternoon so they could call up rookie catcher Christian Vazquez, a move White Sox manager Robin Ventura found surprising.
“I didn’t necessarily see that coming,” Ventura said. “We know what it’s like. When you’re a team expected to win, and it doesn’t happen, things like that happen. It was shocking when we came in and found that out.”