Reports: Tigers LHP Eduardo Rodriguez opts out, becomes free agent

League: MLB

Posted on: 04 Nov, 2023 at 06:47 PM

Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is opting out of his contract with the Detroit Tigers and declining the final three years and $49 million on his deal, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

Rodriguez signed a five-year $77 million pact with the Tigers in November 2021 that included a player opt out after the 2023 season.

The 30-year-old was 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 26 starts in 2023. He threw 152 2/3 innings and struck out 143 with 48 walks.

An injury to his left index finger forced Rodriguez to miss about five weeks of the season.

The Tigers tried to deal Rodriguez to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline, but he invoked the clause in his contract that specified he couldn't be traded to 10 specified teams without his consent.

Rodriguez has an 82-53 record with a 4.03 ERA across eight MLB seasons -- six with the Boston Red Sox and two with the Tigers.

Also Saturday, the Tigers acquired outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league pitcher Blake Holub.

--Field Level Media