Former Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez placed on Tigers shortlist

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Former Red Sox ace placed on Tigers shortlist originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

With just eight starts in his tenure with the Detroit Tigers, Eduardo Rodriguez’s future with the organization looks uncertain.

Rodriguez, 29, who signed Detroit to a five-year, $77 million contract in November after six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, has been shortlisted by the team.

The statement “is what it is,” according to Tigers manager AJ Hinch.

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“The part of the shortlist is the relationship between the player and the organization,” Hinch said, via The Athletic. “I knew he wasn’t going to make his debut, he wasn’t going to pitch in the minor or major leagues at that time. It was inevitable.”

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The southpaw hadn’t pitched since May 22, after which he was placed on the injured list with a sprained left rib cage.

Rodriguez was 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 39 innings for Detroit, which entered fourth in the American League Central at 24-35 on Monday. The Tigers are 23rd in the majors in starters’ ERA at 4.43, while Rodriguez’s former Red Sox teammates have held to an ERA of 3.55 — eighth-best in MLB.

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Rodriguez pitched for the Red Sox from 2015 to 2021 after the team acquired him as a minor leaguer from the Baltimore Orioles for Andrew Miller at the trade UKTN in 2014. His best season came in 2019, when Rodriguez finished 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA. on a career-high 203.1 innings and 34 starts leading the league, finishing sixth in AL Cy Young voting.

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But he missed the entire 2020 season due to myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart linked to COVID-19. Rodriguez returned for 2021, going 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA in 157.2 innings, before signing with the Tigers.

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