Tigers finalizing deal for starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who finalized deal with the Tigers for finalizing deal with Tigers for closing pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez

Tigers finalizing deal for starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who finalized deal with the Tigers fo ...

The Tigers are close to finalizing a deal with left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.

After two seasons, Rodriguez may opt-out after five years and 77 millions, and a possible payout for three million dollars in incentives.

Rodriguez, who comes from Venezuela, set career highs with an open strikeout rate of 120,6 per nine innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2021. With exception of the 2020 COVID-era effect, hes started at least 20 games every season at the Red Sox.

Rodriguez will make a veteran presence on the Tigers roster, which will likely include youngsters Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and perhaps Matt Manning.

Al Avila identified starting pitching as the focus of the offseason, perhaps much more important than acquiring a shortstop.

Rodriguez missed the shortened 2020 season due to heart inflammation, but threw 169 2/3 innings in 2021 between regular season and the playoffs, easing worried rumors about his health.

The Red Sox issued a qualifying offer for Rodriguez, a one-year, $18.4 million contract for 2022 -- that Rodriguez rejected in order to pursue multiyear options in the free-agent market.

The Red Sox are getting a compensatory draft pick, while the Tigers are supposed to surrender their third-highest draft pick in 2022 -- which would be around 75th overall.

The Red Sox acquired Rodriguez from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline in 2014 in exchange for veteran pitcher Andrew Miller.

Miller was drafted first-round pick of the Tigers in 2006 and part of the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit in 2007.

The Athletic reported first that it would be a five-year deal, while ESPN reported the overall value of the deal.

THE OFFSEASON MOVES TAIGERS LIVING COMINGS.

Additions to these addingments.

21 Nov 3: Acquired catcher Tucker Barnhart from the Cincinnati Reds in front of his minor-league infielder Nick Quintana.

The right-handed pitcher Elvin Rodriguez picked the contract for the seventh time.

15. Nov.: Signed left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year contract.

Subtractions are subtracted to us.

Five days later: RHP Drew Hutchison and LHP Ian Krol elected free agency after being waived by Triple-A Toledo.

29 Nov.: The rhp Drew Carlton cleared up the waiver and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.

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