The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a major move in signing left-handed starter Eduardo Rodríguez to a four-year, $80 million deal, according to sources familiar with the agreement. The deal is pending a physical examination, but Rodriguez’s addition to the Diamondbacks’ pitching staff is expected to be a significant boost for the team.
Rodríguez, 30, made the decision to not renew the final three years of his contract with the Detroit Tigers after an impressive season, during which he posted a 13-9 record with a 3.30 ERA in 152⅔ innings. Despite being expected to be traded at the deadline, Rodriguez revoked his no-trade clause with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Known for his polished four-pitch mix and ability to control the game, Rodriguez has consistently generated strikeouts throughout his eight-year career, striking out more than one batter per inning. His ability to limit home runs led to the Tigers offering him a lucrative five-year, $77 million contract after becoming a free agent following six seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
However, Rodriguez’s first season in Detroit was marred by marital problems and a broken pulley in his left index finger, causing him to miss significant playing time. While he looked like a surefire All-Star candidate before the injury, his performance suffered upon his return, posting a 4.24 ERA in 15 starts and 85 innings.
Despite this, Rodriguez’s talent and potential make him a valuable addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the team looks forward to seeing how he will contribute to their success in the upcoming season.