Monday, August 15 2022

The Detroit Tigers have their established starting pitcher.

The Tigers on Monday signed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year, $77 million contract, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. He can opt out after the second year and has a no-trade clause. He can make up to $3 million in performance bonuses.

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

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Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers against the Mariners in the first inning Sunday at Fenway Park.Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers against the Mariners in the first inning Sunday at Fenway Park.

Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez delivers against the Mariners in the first inning Sunday at Fenway Park.

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

In 2020, Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19 and developed myocarditis, a heart condition. After missing the shortened season, he bounced back in 2021. He set 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 mark of his career, despite a career-worst 4.74 ERA. Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) removes results on balls in play and focuses solely on the pitcher’s controllable outcomes: strikeouts, unintentional walks, hit-by-pitches and home runs.

Rodriguez finished sixth in American League Cy Young voting in 2019.

This story will be updated.

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers sign SP Eduardo Rodriguez to five-year deal

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