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LHP Eduardo Rodriguez signs $80 million, 4-year deal with Diamondbacks

Starting pitcher? Check.

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One of the things the Diamondbacks wanted to do this winter, was to get a reliable third starter, to back up Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen. The news broke tonight - though somewhat overshadowed by the trade of Juan Soto to the Yankees! - that they have achieved their objective. As first reported by Jeff Passan, the D-backs have signed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Reports indicate the deal is for a minimum of four years and $80m, but included incentives and a possible fifth year option, which could end up increasing the total cost for all five seasons to $99m.

The 30-year-old Rodriguez had a very solid 2023 for the Tigers, going 13-9 over 26 starts, with a 3.30 ERA (130 ERA+). All told, over eight seasons and fractionally more than eleven hundred innings, he has a 4.03 ERA (112 ERA+). His FIP is a little better than that, at 3.85. He did have an injured tendon which took him out of action, and the results when he came back were a little down. Hopefully he will be operating at 100% health this year. Hopefully this deal also goes rather better than the last big-ticket pitcher the D-backs got...

This will presumably push Brandon Pfaadt down to the #4 spot in the rotation, with the fifth position to be decided - potentially in spring training, though another acquisition is not out of the question. More thoughts to follow undoubtedly.


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