Rodriguez had a strong season in 2022, posting a 2.95 ERA in 88 1/3 innings. He is under contract for two more seasons, and the Tigers are hoping that he can be a key part of their rebuild.
“We’re excited to have Eduardo back,” said Tigers general manager Scott Harris. “He’s a great pitcher, and he’s a great fit for our team.”
The Dodgers were reportedly willing to give up a significant package of prospects for Rodriguez, but he was not interested in moving to Los Angeles. He has a young family, and he wanted to stay in Detroit, where he is close to his in-laws.
“I’m happy to be staying in Detroit,” said Rodriguez. “I love this team, and I love this city.”
The Dodgers are still in the hunt for a starting pitcher, but they will have to look elsewhere. They could turn their attention to free agent pitchers like Carlos Rodon or Clayton Kershaw.
Rodriguez’s decision to stay with the Tigers is a big boost for the team. He is a proven pitcher who can help them win games. The Tigers are hoping that he can be a part of their turnaround in the coming years.