Rodriguez agreed Monday with the Tigers on a five-year, $77 million contract, Cody Stavenhagen and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report. One day after declining his $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox, Rodriguez was able to come to terms with the Tigers on a lucrative long-term deal. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Rodriguez's contract includes an opt out after the second year plus an additional $3 million in incentives, while Rosnthal adds that the deal also includes a no-trade clause. Though Rodriguez submitted an unremarkable 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 2021 after sitting out the 2020 season while recovering from a myocarditis as the result of contracting COVID-19, the 28-year-old's underlying statistics were much more encouraging. He posted a career-best 24.0 K-BB% and a career-low 0.71 HR/9, offering hope for improvement in his surface numbers while pitching at a more forgiving home park in Detroit and against less formidable competition in the AL Central.
The Red Sox extended a qualifying offer to Rodriguez on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The 28-year-old lefty will have 10 days to decide whether to accept the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer. Given the fact that he finished the season healthy and is entering the prime of his career, Rodriguez seems likely to decline the qualifying offer and land a long-term contract in free agency. He had a 4.74 ERA last year, but his xERA (3.55) and FIP (3.32) suggest he was a bit unlucky.
Rodriguez earned the win in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday, striking out seven and walking none while giving up three runs on five hits in six innings of work. Rodriguez wasn't handed a particularly tough task Monday, as his teammates gave him a 6-0 lead after two innings and a 9-0 lead after three. He did give back three runs on a Kyle Tucker homer in the top of the fourth, so his performance may not have been good enough on a different day, but it was an overall encouraging outing. He'll be on turn to start Game 7 on Saturday if the series goes the distance.
Rodriguez will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Rodriguez last pitched in Game 4 of the ALDS versus the Rays -- he allowed two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and zero walks in five innings -- and he'll make his first appearance of the ALCS on Monday. It'll be a tough task for the left-hander as Houston is averaging 6.8 runs through six playoff games this year and has yet to score fewer than five runs in a single contest.
Rodriguez gave up two earned runs on three hits and zero walks while striking out six in five innings Monday against the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS. While Rodriguez did not factor in the decision, he pitched well enough for Boston to close out the Rays and advance to the ALCS. Boston will face the winner of the series between the Astros and White Sox. Rodriguez could start multiple games in that series.