Tigers, E-Rod agree to 5-year deal reportedly worth $77M
The Detroit Tigers and free-agent left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez have agreed to a five-year, $77-million deal.
The contract includes an opt-out after the second season, meaning E-Rod could hit the open market again following the 2023 campaign, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.
The deal includes no-trade provisions and performance bonuses, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic adds.
Rodriguez, 28, rejected his one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The Red Sox will earn a compensation pick in the 2022 MLB Draft as a result of losing Rodriguez to free agency.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers would be unable to tender Rodriguez another qualifying offer either in 2023 if he uses his opt-out or in 2026 when the deal is set to expire. That is because Boston already extended a qualifying offer to Rodriguez this offseason.
However, the CBA is set to expire on Dec. 1, and the owners and the players' union seem poised to change much of the framework that dictates player compensation and retention.
The starting pitcher authored a 4.74 ERA and 3.32 FIP over 157 2/3 innings last year while making 31 starts and one relief appearance.
He missed the entire 2020 campaign with myocarditis caused by COVID-19.
Over six seasons, Rodriguez possesses a 4.16 ERA and 3.83 FIP while making 153 starts and six relief appearances.
The Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays were also reportedly showing interest in the southpaw prior to him landing a deal with the Tigers.