Eduardo Rodriguez defined why he blocked a commerce to the Dodgers


In response to a brand new report, Rodriguez and his agent requested for “monetary and contractual enhancements” earlier than agreeing to the deal.

Eduardo Rodriguez trade
Eduardo Rodriguez pitching for the Tigers on Aug. 2. following the commerce deadline. Justin Berl/Getty Pictures

Former Crimson Sox starter (and present member of the Tigers) Eduardo Rodriguez was nearly dealt by Detroit on the MLB commerce deadline, however the proposed cope with the Dodgers finally fell aside when he exercised his no-trade clause.

Rodriguez, 30, signed with the Tigers in 2021 after leaving the Crimson Sox in free company. However with Detroit properly out of competition, the workforce was trying to probably commerce the left-hander.

Following the deadline, Rodriguez provided an evidence as to why he blocked the commerce.

“It’s nothing in opposition to the Dodgers or the West Coast or no matter,” he told’s Jason Beck. “It’s simply in regards to the particulars to go on the market and the place my household is. My future is the place they’re blissful and I’m blissful and that’s why I made a decision to remain right here. It has nothing to do with the Dodgers.”

Rodriguez’s agent, Gene Mato, additionally implied in a press release that the pitcher selected to remain in Detroit for the sake of his household.

“Eduard is among the greatest left-handed beginning pitchers in baseball, however he’s additionally a human being who needs stability for his household,” Mato stated in a press release he shared on social media. “They’re snug dwelling within the Detroit space and have adjusted properly.”

Later within the assertion, Mato referenced a monetary deadlock in negotiations with the Dodgers that additionally seems to have performed a task within the commerce’s collapse.

“We did our greatest to give you a technique to make it occur the place everybody was snug with the result. Sadly we simply ran out of time.”

In a report for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal added that “Rodriguez and Mato requested for monetary and contractual enhancements for the pitcher to hitch the Dodgers.”

“When these enhancements weren’t granted, he invoked his no-trade safety,” wrote Rosenthal.

The commerce falling aside might have unfavourable penalties for each the Tigers and Dodgers.

For Detroit, it was a missed alternative to get some return for Rodriguez previous to the top of the season (when he can decide out of the remaining three years of his contract). For Los Angeles, it leaves the Nationwide League contenders wanting beginning pitching heading into the stretch run.

Two of Rodriguez’s former Crimson Sox teammates, J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, at the moment are with the Dodgers. Each texted Rodriguez asking if he would waive his no-trade clause to hitch them, however in line with Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, neither acquired a response previous to the deadline.

Betts did get a textual content again on Wednesday, however added that he has respect for a participant making a choice primarily based on household.

“Can’t do nothing however respect that,” Betts informed Ardaya. “Even when he stated, ‘I simply don’t need to turn into a Dodger,’ that’s tremendous with me. So long as he’s blissful, he’s good, he’s feeling good. That’s all I care about.”

Rodriguez was absent from the Tigers for 2 months in 2022 after he was positioned on the restricted record. Throughout that point — reportedly spent away from the workforce resulting from a marital situation — he had no contact with the workforce.

But in 2023, even with time missed resulting from an index finger damage, Rodriguez has been wonderful. Via 16 begins, he has a 2.96 ERA with a 1.049 WHIP whereas averaging 9.2 strikeouts per 9 innings.