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Eduardo Rodríguez agrees with Detroit for five years and 77 million dollars

Eduardo Rodríguez pacta con Detroit por cinco años y 77 millones de dólares

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $ 77 million, five-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press.

The Venezuelan left-hander would be the first of 188 free agents in the majors to change teams in the winter market.

The acquisition has yet to comply with a medical examination, according to the source who spoke with AP on condition of not being identified because the agreement depended on those results. The Athletic and MLB.com were the first media to report on the signing.

Rodriguez, 28, with a 93 mph fastball, would join a Detroit rotation that includes Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal.

The Tigers finished third in the AL Central with a 77-85 record, 16 games behind the leading Chicago White Sox.

Rodriguez has a report of five pitches, also employing the short straight, the sinker, the slider and a change of speed.

He was 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA in 31 starts and a relief intervention for the Boston Red Sox this year. He had 185 strikeouts with 47 walks in 157 2/3 innings. He signed a $ 8.3 million contract for the season.

During the postseason, Rodriguez was 1-1 in three starts. He lost to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the division series, went without a decision in Game 4 and defeated Houston in Game 3 of the series for the American League title.

Rodríguez missed the 2020 season, shortened by the pandemic, suffering from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by COVID-19.

He is 64-39 with a 4.16 ERA in six major league seasons, all with the Red Sox.

Boston offered him a qualifying offer of $ 18.4 million and the team will get an additional pick in the next draft if Detroit’s deal goes through.

A slower free agent market is expected with a work stoppage expected from December 2, the day on which the current Major League Baseball contract expires.

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