The Chicago White Sox said Wednesday that they declined to tender 2021 contracts to left-hander Carlos Rodon and outfielder Nomar Mazara, making the two free agents.
Rodon was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft by the White Sox. He went 29-33 with a 4.14 ERA in 97 appearances (92 starts) with the team from 2015 to 2020.
Rodon, who turns 28 on Dec. 10, was 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA in four appearances (two starts) last season.
Mazara, 25, was acquired from the Texas Rangers last offseason and was a huge disappointment for the White Sox in 2020. He batted .228 with one homer and 15 RBIs in 42 games.
Mazara spent his first four seasons with the Rangers and smashed 79 homers. He had a career-best 101 RBIs in 2017.
The White Sox haven't ruled out a return for either player.
"A great deal of consideration and analysis goes into our decisions to forego the arbitration process and instead engage with players and their representatives as free agents," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "We plan to stay in contact with both Nomar and Carlos and evaluate their possible fit with our club as we move forward through the offseason."
Chicago also agreed with left-hander Jace Fry on a one-year, $862,5000 deal to avoid arbitration. Fry, 27, went 0-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 appearances in 2020.
--Field Level Media