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Eduardo Rodriguez has been officially introduced by the team.

Decade-Long History Paved Way for Rodriguez Signing
A decade of history and a lengthy two-hour player meeting during the Winter Meetings combined to put Eduardo Rodriguez into a Diamondbacks jersey.

Ken Kendrick: “Dodgers are Not Gaming the System with Ohtani Deferrals”
Jack Sommers talks to Ken Kendrick and gets the scoop straight from the horses mouth on how the Shohei Ohtani deal really works and what small benefit the Dodgers get from it (as well as what they do not get).

Other Baseball News

Giants Made Similar Offer to Ohtani
As previously speculated/reported, the Giants were among teams to make a competitive offer for Shohei Ohtani. It seems the reports of them being one of the last to be eliminated were also on point.

Giants Sign Jung Hoo Lee
After missing out on Ohtani, the Dodgers wasted no time in spending the money elsewhere, signing the Korean outfielder to a 6-year/$113MM pact. The deal includes an opt-out after four years and comes with a hefty $18.825MM posting fee.

17 Questions About Ohtani’s Unicorn Deal
Putting a bow on the coverage of the Shohei Ohtani circus.

Seth Lugo Signs with Royals
The deal is for 3-years/$45MM, a deal that Eduardo Rodriguez signing in Arizona probably makes unnecessary, but still a deal that would have looked nice in Arizona

Juan Soto Brushes Off Extension Talk
The Yankees have the number for Soto’s agent when they want to discuss extending the slugger’s time in the Bronx. Until then, he’s simply there to play ball.