Detroit Tigers sign SP Eduardo Rodriguez to five-year deal

The Detroit Tigers have their established starting pitcher.

The Tigers signed left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez on Monday to a five-year deal worth $ 77 million, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. He can get out after the second year and has a no-trade clause. He can earn up to $ 3 million in performance awards.

Rodriguez, 28, has played six seasons for the Boston Red Sox after making his MLB debut in 2015. He has a career of 4.16 ERA. He pitched 32 games (31 starts) in 2021, with an ERA of 4.74, 47 walks and 185 strikeouts.

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The Red Sox extended Rodriguez’s $ 18.4 million qualifying offer, but he turned it down during GM’s meetings in Carlsbad, California last week.

In 2020, Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19 and developed myocarditis, a heart disease. After missing the shortened season, he bounced back in 2021. He hit a career high with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings and made three starts in the postseason.

He also had a 3.32 FIP, the best grade of his career, despite a career-worst 4.74 ERA. Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) removes results from balls in play and focuses solely on the pitcher’s controllable results: strikeouts, unintentional walks, hit-by-pitches, and home runs.

Rodriguez finished sixth in the American League’s Cy Young voting in 2019.

This story will be updated.

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