Eduardo Rodriguez will end his six-year tenure with the Red Sox, as the lefty is reportedly signing a five-year deal with the Tigers. The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen first reported that they were close to a deal before Jon Heyman of MLB Network confirmed that it will be a five-year deal for the left-hander.
Eduardo Rodriguez is headed to the Tigers on a 5 year deal. @CodyStavenhagen 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 15, 2021
E-Rod will have an opt out in his 5-year Tigers deal. Finalizing. Red Sox will get comp pick.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 15, 2021
Rodriguez slated a 4.74 ERA in 2021 but was on the unluckier side of things in his 32 outings (31 starts). Opposing hitters notched a .363 BABIP against the southpaw, while the left-hander posted a career-best 3.32 FIP, 3.43 xFIP, and a 3.64 SIERA. Detroit’s analytics department likely saw this, as they lock him up for the next five years.
The Sox had offered Rodriguez an $18.4M qualifying offer, but the 28-year-old rejected the offer.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report and says that the deal will be worth at least $77M. $3M will also be earnable incentives.
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