White Sox’ Dallas Keuchel likes rotation even without Rodón

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón was recovering from Tommy John's surgery when Oklahoma-born Pitcher, Dallas Keuchel signed with the side two years ago.

Keuchel recalled earlier in the week via, "I watched him grow from not really knowing how to pitch, to actually pitching with elite velocity and elite breaking stuff. He even developed a pretty good changeup, so that just tells you the capabilities that he has."

Capabilities, Keuchel forecasted, that could make the chances of Carlos Rodón returning to the South Team "slim," as he enters into free agency.

Keuchel said, "I think there's an even greater chance that he's not (back with the White Sox) because there's going to be some suitors that probably want his big lefty frame."

The White Sox refused to extend a qualifying contract to Rodón by Sunday’s trade deadline. But the general manager of the team, Rick Hahn said a few days before, "it would be great to figure out a way to bring him back in some capacity."

MLB side White Sox have successfully re-signed Carlos Rodón once before, bringing back the lefty for the 2021 campaign after non-tendering him in the last winter. But this time around, he becomes a free agent after a baseball career year on the mound (2.37 ERA), becoming an All-Star nod and sealing himself as one of MLB’s most dominant arms when fully fit and healthy.

So, even though Carlos Rodón informed NBC Sports Chicago’s Gordon Wittenmyerin the summer that his "heart lies on the South Side," MLB side White Sox have to be ready for a scenario without Carlos Rodón in the rotation.

Keuchel, who in addition to being a colleague, shares an agent with Carlos Rodón, said via blackjack en ligne, "It was a bonus, honestly, with the number of injuries that he's been through, to have him actually come back out and do what he did – was nothing short of amazing."

"The bonus factor really helped out, but honestly, I think at any point in time, each one of us in the rotation next year could very well be that. And we're going to need that."

Maybe the Sox will go out and bring in another starter. Maybe they will even try to trade Dallas Keuchel, who won a Gold Glove Award but recorded a career-worst 5.28 ERA last year. (Dallas Keuchel said he’s already informed Hahn and assistant General Manager Jeremy Haber that he desires to "get back to who I am" next year.) But as things stand entering GM meetings during the week, the Sox already have alternatives to fill their starting rotation space.

Michael Kopech, who the Sox used as a reliever this past campaign while transitioning him into a starting position, can slide into that fifth place. He’d join the likes Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, as well asKeuchel in the rotation.

Keuchel said, "I like all the guys, I think Cease took a real, real big step on his maturation process. And Lynn has been Lynn the last four, five years; he's been as steady as anybody in this game. Giolito is a special guy when it comes to pitching ability and just having the ultimate deception from that frame and that size. Kopech is obviously going to blow some 100 mph fastballs wipeout breaking stuff. I think we're in a good position, I really do."