Rodriguez, Tigers reach $ 77 million, for five years
Pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a five-year, $77 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press, putting the left-hander on track to become the first of 188 major league free agents to change teams. .
The deal is subject to a successful physical body, according to a person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by The Athletic and MLB.com, was contingent on medical examinations.
Rodríguez, 28, who has an average fastball speed of 93 mph, will join a Detroit course expected to include Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal in a team that finished third at AL Central in 77-85, 16 games behind the Chicago White Sox. Rodríguez uses five pitches, and also performs the cutter throw, the plunge, the slide, and the change.
He was 13-8 with 4.74 ERAs in 31 starts and one relief appearance for the Boston Red Sox this year, hitting 185 and running 47 in 157 2/3 runs. He signed a contract worth $8.3 million for one year.
Rodriguez was 1-1 in three post-season games, lost to Tampa Bay in the Divisional Series opener, got no decision in Game 4 and defeated Houston in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.
Rodriguez missed the 2020 season cut short by the pandemic due to myocarditis and carditis caused by COVID-19.
He is 64-39 with a 4.16 ERA in six major league seasons, all with the Red Sox.
Boston made him a eligible bid of $18.4 million and he will receive an additional pick in the amateur draft next year if the deal with the Tigers is finalized.
Negotiations for most free agents are expected to move slowly ahead of the shutdown expected to begin on December 2, after baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expires.
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