Carlos Rodon Jul 14, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (16) reacts after pitching three strike-outs in a row with the bases loaded against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Many Americans are struggling to put food on the table, gas in their car and take their kid to the doctor. Times are tough.

Thankfully, some MLB fans have banded together to send Venmo donations to…well, not those struggling people, but a pitcher who earned roughly $22 million last season.

Audacy.com reports that fans have been sending free agent left-hander Carlos Rodon cash through the Venmo app in hopes of “bribing” him to sign with their team.

According to the report, New York Yankees fans have been the most active in this bizarre pursuit of Rodon, who turned 30 on Dec. 10. But no matter who is sending the cash, or how much, Rodon is dutifully returning every penny.

Rodon, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco Giants, entered the offseason as one of the premier arms on the free agent market. His status has improved with the recent signings of Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander. The veteran posted a 2.88 ERA last season (his 2.25 FIP led MLB), logged his second straight All-Star appearance and finished sixth in the NL Cy Young Award balloting.

Rodon is expected to command a deal of at least five years and $130 million. The Giants may re-sign him, but the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are also believed to be interested.

[Audacy.com]

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