Eduardo Rodriguez won't be returning to the Boston Red Sox after all, it appears.
The veteran left-hander has agreed to a five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers in free agency worth $77 million, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Monday. The Athletic's Cody Stavenhagen was the first to report Rodriguez's pending deal with Detroit, which could include up to $3 million in extra incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Considering his robust market, it's not surprising Rodriguez is heading elsewhere: He'll make nearly $16 million per year on his new deal with Detroit, which will pay him through 2026.
Rodriguez joined the Red Sox in 2014 in a trade that sent reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore. The Venezuela native broke into the big leagues in 2015 and pitched six full seasons in Boston, compiling a 64-39 record and a 4.16 career ERA.
Rodriguez's best season came in 2019, when he posted a 3.81 ERA with a 19-6 record. After missing the 2020 season due to myocarditis caused by COVID-19, the 28-year-old returned in 2021 to pitch better than his 4.74 ERA implied with a career-high strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.94.
Expect Boston to be in the market for a starting pitcher this offseason to fill Rodriguez's steady presence in the rotation.