The Giants’ Carlos Rodón doesn’t care about contract status

When a National League team pitcher is removed from the roster due to injury or his club demands that he not appear at the July 19 show at Dodger Stadium, Rodon is likely the choice to sign Joc Pederson as the San Francisco Giants representative to join

Whether or not Rodón makes the All-Star team, his value has risen with his impressive first-half performance, which can be considered both good and bad news for Giants fans.

Good news because he is so dominant and helps win games.

Bad news (at least in the long term) because he may be squirming out of San Francisco.

That’s the reality of baseball — the left-hander has a get-out clause in his two-year, $44 million contract that allows him to step out and rejoin free reign after the 2022 season.

During the Giants’ 4-14 downfall, whispers surfaced that Rodón could become a trade bait if they continued to fall. (If their season was headed in the wrong direction and Rodon is dropping out anyway, why not gather top prospects by the August 2nd close?)

Well, Rodón had his best game of the year on Saturday, a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts to beat the Padres, and Alex Wood followed with his best game of the year in Sunday’s win.

Suddenly the whispering stopped.

“One of the harder questions to answer, isn’t it?” said Rodon. “It’s something in the back of your mind, but where are we, (85) games? We’re only halfway done. It’s not something I want to think about because I have to worry about playing the Milwaukee Brewers and then I have to worry about being a dad when I get home. There are things before all of that.

“Let’s put our heads down and win more games, then we don’t have to worry about anything.”

Technically, Rodón has the option to get out after the season if he gets to 110 innings. That appears to be a formality. He’s already at 100.

Isan Diaz in town: Infielder Isan Diaz joined the team as a Taxi Squad member after putting up impressive numbers at Triple-A Sacramento: .986 OPS and 16 homers in 52 games.

The left-hander, who was acquired from the Marlins in late April, said he’s working on lifting the ball more and “really trying to eliminate the grounders. Seeing change more often now and realizing that if you try to do too much about change, you get into trouble.”

When asked what he could offer the Giants, Diaz used the magic words for this team: “Energy and positivity.”

Meager: Third baseman Evan Longoria (oblique), who attended pregame infield practice (without throwing), could start a rehab assignment Thursday and hopes to join the Giants again on Saturday. … Manager Gabe Kapler said if Jakob Junis (hamstring) is taken off the injured list before the All-Star break, he would likely be in a bullpen role. The pitcher was scheduled to start his second rehab Monday in Arizona… Yermin Mercedes had a busy pregame, catching balls in left field, picking up grounders on third base and making throws at second in his catcher’s gear. All of this helps make it more versatile.

John Shea is the national baseball writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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