The status of left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez hangs in the balance for the Boston Red Sox.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom recently confirmed that the Red Sox extended a qualifying offer to Rodriguez, a free agent, worth $18.4 million. Rodriguez can now accept or decline the offer. If he declines and signs with another team, the Red Sox will receive draft pick compensation.
One of the teams that may end up signing Rodriguez, and sending a pick to Boston, is the Los Angeles Angels. According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the Angels are looking to add at least one, if not two, “impact starting pitchers.” Rodriguez and Robbie Ray are reportedly two of the names already drawing interest from L.A. Morosi later reported that the Detroit Tigers are also showing interest in Rodriguez.
The definition of “impact starting pitcher” is subjective, but the Angels apparently put Rodriguez in that category. The southpaw is 32-11 with a 3.81 ERA over his past three seasons played (he missed 2020 due to COVID-19 complications), and has struck out 359 batters over his last 333 innings. A longer-term contract north of $20 million annually is quite possible for free-agent starters like Rodriguez, Ray, Marcus Stroman, and Kevin Gausman.
According to Jon Heyman, the Red Sox have also offered Rodriguez a multiyear contract. But basically, if Rodriguez ends up accepting one of the Red Sox’ offers, it means he wasn’t getting anything better on the open market. That doesn’t seem likely, based on the interest he’s already drawing.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox sound like they’re ready to be more aggressive in free agency than they have been over the past few years. They’re reportedly in on the Justin Verlander action and are gauging the shortstop market.
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