Rodriguez picked up where he left off after missing the entirety of the 2020 campaign. The 28-year-old had complications following his bout with Covid last year, though it hardly seemed to affect his production. Rodriguez struck out a career-high 10.6 batters per nine innings while issuing walks at a career-low rate. The lefty is a bit prone to giving up the long ball, but he’s coming off a year that was on-par with his 2019 campaign (which resulted in a sixth-place finish in the AL Cy Young voting).
Early reports indicate Detroit as a possible fit for E-Rod. One of Detroit’s assistant coaches, Juan Nieves, was Rodriguez’s first pitching coach when he arrived in Boston. The Angels are almost certainly going to be in the race for any top pitching talents. Teams like the Yankees and Blue Jays would love nothing more than to poach a starter from their rival. In the end, Rodriguez may stay pat. The Red Sox have already offered him a multi-year deal, signifying the team’s interest in retaining his services. It’s only a matter of time until the two sides agree on the details.
Prediction: Boston Red Sox
Update: Rodriguez signed 5-year/$77 million with the Detroit Tigers
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