3 Potential Landing Spots For Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez is a fascinating pitcher who is set to hit the open market. As many remember, he went on to miss the entirety of the 2020 season due to developing myocarditis after a bout with COVID-19. Before that occurred, he had a career season with the Boston Red Sox. He had a 19-6 record and 3.81 ERA. Yet, he did have his struggles this season, which is understandable after missing a whole year. In 31 starts, he had a 13-8 record and 4.74 ERA. However, he started to look better as the year progressed and has the potential to find his old stuff again. 

Here are three teams who take a chance on the 29-year-old.

Boston Red Sox: Rodriguez is eligible for an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox. The team has not made their plans known with Rodriguez at this juncture, but it does seem possible that they could offer him one. Although he had a bit of a down year this season, he remained healthy and was able to bounce back from a very hard start to the 2021 campaign. Also given all of this, Rodriguez certainly could decide to bet on himself on a prove-it deal before signing long-term next off-season.

Detroit Tigers: The Detroit Tigers could look to sign Rodriguez this off-season. After four seasons of immense struggles, the Tigers took a noticeable step forward this season and seem to be on the rise. Sure, they ended with a 77-85 record, but that's extremely better than there 47-114 campaign back in 2019. The Tigers have money to spend and with their team ERA being at 4.31 this season, it wouldn't hurt to add a pitcher. Like we stated above, Rodriguez is a short-term deal option, so the risk of adding him is very low.

Minnesota Twins: Unlike the Tigers, the Minnesota Twins took a big step back this season. After winning the Central Division the season before with a 36-24 record, they were far worse this season. With the return of the 162-game schedule, they had a 73-89 record. Their pitching was a huge reason behind this, as they were 26th in the league with a team ERA of 4.84. The Twins aren't necessarily in a position to bring in a star pitcher, but Rodriguez could be excellent investment for them if he finds his previous form. 

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