After signing a multi-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, bowler Eduardo Rodriguez said goodbye to the Boston Red Sox.
The MLB Hot Stove is simmering this week, with news that Noah Syndergaard has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. But his first huge move off the season was bowler Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed a whopping five-year, $77 million contract with the Detroit Tigers on Monday. This means that after seven seasons, Rodriguez’s time with the Boston Red Sox has come to an end.
24 hours after the deal was announced, Rodriguez sent a farewell message to the Red Sox and their Boston fan base.
Eduardo Rodriguez bids farewell to the Red Sox in Boston
Rodriguez joined the Red Sox in 2014 as part of the trade that sent bowler Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles. The left-handed served in seven seasons with Boston, racking up a 64-39 win-loss record and 4.16 ERA, while claiming his first world title in 2018.
Last season, Rodriguez scored 4.74 ERAs, 13-8 records and 185 strikes over 157.2 runs. Rodriguez is back after missing the entire 2020 campaign after being diagnosed with myocarditis after contracting COVID-19.
At the conclusion of the season, the Red Sox offered Rodriguez a qualifying bid of $18.4 million. According to MLB Network’s John Morrosi, both the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels were interested in signing Rodriguez, but it was the Tigers who won.
As part of his deal with Detroit, Rodriguez has a withdrawal clause after 2023.
While Rodriguez was set to begin the next phase of his career with the Tigers, he wanted to thank the Red Sox and fans for the memories.