A closer look at Eduardo Rodriguez: 4 things to know about Tigers new starters: two and a half

A closer look at Eduardo Rodriguez: 4 things to know about Tigers new starters: two and a half ...

The club's most significant investment in pitching since 2015, will represent the club's most significant investment in pitching since 2015. When the Tigers finally finish their five-year deal with left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, the Tigers will see a finalizing date for the transfer.

What are they getting in Rodriguez?

The 28-year-old native of Venezuela has been successful and consistent starter in six seasons with the Boston Red Sox. But he has never been a star or front-line starter.

In fact, most casual baseball fans don't know that name at all.

But Rodriguezs 4.74 ERA in 2021 belied his true value and performance. And it didnt scare many teams away.

Rodriguez rejected the Red Sox limited, $18.4 million qualifying offer for one year because he knew he had lots of suitors.

After signing for the Tigers, he landed the first big deal of an offseason that could be interrupted in two weeks by a work stoppage.

Three things to know about the newest Tiger are covered by four.

He had unlucky in 2021, but had a history of 18 years old.

Yes. Historical.

The average of any pitcher with more than 150 hits since 1930 was.364. The average on balls in play earned a single ball against Rodriguez in 2021. Thats the highest rate of the individual pitcher with more than 150 innings since 1930.

Of general interest Rodriguez was unlucky and that means that he was not much more productive than he did for the defense.

Here's a look at some ERA-aligned equivalents: the real-life ERA may have been 4.74, but his expectations are much better than his actual statistics.

3.55 xERA, 3,55.

3.32 FIP 3.32 FIP.

xP 3,43, 43,3,40, 35 m xFIP, 35,4 m (xP), 35,4 m/s/dp.

33.66 PIERA

4.18 DRA.

With his ERA, everything was going the right way.

2. His contract gives him an out.

The Tigers had announced the deal on its own, but reports have found that Rodriguez is going to have a decide after 2023.

If you describe it as a five-year, 77 million-dollar deal, you might also look at it as a two-year, $28 million deal that includes a player option for three years and $449 million.

If he doesn't have a great 2023 campaign and expects to win more than $49 million on the free-agent market, he'll opt out. If he doesn't, he'll stick with Detroit.

While Tigers and Tigers were a great contributor, losing talented contributor would make a bummer to lose and they could get some reason with their money now despite the fact they got Rodriguez at a bargain price.

Of course, if Rodriguez pitches like Jordan Zimmermann (the last pitcher of the Tigers' big money), he will not be exercising the opt-out and the Tigers will be stuck with an expensive, underperforming pitcher for 2024, 2025, and 2026. Of course, they hope it won't turn out that way.

It always comes back to Andrew Miller.

Maybe history would have changed at all if the Tigers had acquired Andrew Miller, then a reliever for the Red Sox in 2014?

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager for Then-Tigers, was searching for bullpen help and Miller was one of the most attractive arms on the market.

The Red Sox eventually dealt Miller to the Baltimore Orioles for a young pitcher that they really liked named Eduardo Rodriguez.

He had a steady influx of energy for the Sox, he came first in the first half of the summer and started making his debut for the Sox then later that summer. It is the rest of history.

Miller, of course, was first-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2006, and was part of the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit in 2007. He's still pitching, too.

In the series four, Rodriguez knows how to pitch in the playoffs.

A.J. Hinch repeatedly made the point at the end of September: Yes, the season is likely to be over but when this team gets to the point where we'd like it to be, the season will slowly start.

In one of two seasons, Rodriguez pitched in 11 postseason games. He really took a sleeve in the early six-inning, 97-pitch outing against the Houston Astros in third season's American League Championship Series last month.

Hes pitched really well at Comerica Park, Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago) and Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City), some of the places he will see a lot in the next two to five years.

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