Eduardo Rodriguez Blocks Trade to Dodgers, Cites Family Stability as Reason
Detroit Tigers’ left-handed starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, has exercised his 10-team no-trade clause to veto a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rodriguez’s agent, Gene Mato, revealed that negotiations between the Tigers and Dodgers broke down due to time constraints regarding contractual demands before Rodriguez would consider waiving his limited no-trade clause.
One of the primary reasons Rodriguez decided to block the trade was his desire for stability for his family. The pitcher feels comfortable living in the Detroit area and values the sense of security it provides for his loved ones. This sentiment was reflected in his decision to sign a five-year, $77 million contract with the Tigers back in November 2021, which included the no-trade clause and an opt-out clause after the 2023 season.
Rodriguez’s performance on the field this year has undoubtedly contributed to his value as a player. In 16 starts, he has managed a commendable 2.96 ERA, with 22 walks and an impressive 96 strikeouts. This display of skill further solidifies his position as a key player for the Tigers.
Explaining his decision to block the trade, Rodriguez cited family reasons as the primary factor. The 28-year-old pitcher’s desire for stability and familiarity outweighed the potential benefits of a new team. It is encouraging to note that both Scott Harris, the Tigers’ president of baseball operations, and Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, expressed understanding for Rodriguez’s decision.
Rodriguez’s personal life has had an impact on his career this season, as he previously spent time on the unpaid restricted list due to a personal matter. This unfortunate circumstance saw him forfeit roughly $5 million of his salary. However, his dedication and skill have not gone unnoticed, and he has the opportunity to earn a significant salary in the years to come.
With a $14 million salary in 2023, Rodriguez has the potential to earn even more if he decides to opt into the remaining years of his contract. In 2024, he could potentially earn $18 million, followed by $16 million in 2025, and $15 million in 2026.
Overall, Rodriguez’s decision to block the trade to the Dodgers speaks volumes about his commitment to family and the stability it provides. Tigers fans can continue to enjoy his impressive performances on the mound, while Rodriguez basks in the comfort of knowing he can continue to thrive in the Detroit area.