White Sox decline to offer contracts to LHP Rodón, RF Mazara

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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 18: Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 18, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox declined to offer 2021 contracts to right fielder Nomar Mazara and pitcher Carlos Rodón on Wednesday, sending the pair into free agency.

The White Sox also announced they had reached a one-year deal with reliever Jace Fry worth $862,500. The 27-year-old Fry went 0-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 appearances with the team during the pandemic-shortened season.

Rodón was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft. He broke into the majors the following year and looked as if he could be a key member of the team’s rotation for years to come before he was hampered by a series of injuries.

The left-hander, who turns 28 on Dec. 10, is 29-33 with a 4.14 ERA in 97 career major league games, including 92 starts. He made four appearances this year, going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA.

Mazara was acquired in a trade with Texas in December 2019 for minor league outfielder Steele Walker. The 25-year-old slugger was expected to fill Chicago’s hole in right, but he hit just .228 with one homer in 42 games this year.

Wednesday was the deadline for major league teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters.

“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 release. “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.”

Fry has turned into a valuable lefty in Chicago’s bullpen, holding left-handed batters to a .184 batting average for his career. He is 5-8 with a 4.75 ERA in 156 games over four seasons, all with the White Sox.

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