Will fan favorite Kyle Schwarber be back in 2022? Has Eduardo Rodriguez pitched his last game in Boston? John Tomase details the positives and negatives of the 11 Red Sox players who could hit free agency this offseason.
The Boston Red Sox are considering extending a qualifying offer to left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez once the 2021 season concludes, sources told The Boston Globe's Alex Speier.While there's a good chance Rodriguez will receive the one-year, $18.4-million deal, it remains unclear if he'd accept, Speier reports.The 28-year-old had an up-and-down 2021, finishing the regular season with a 13-8 record alongside a 4.74 ERA, a 3.32 FIP, and 10.6 strikeouts per nine in 157 2/3 innings.He also flashed positive signs during the postseason, including a solid seven-strikeout start in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.The Venezuelan has been a reliable starter for Boston since he was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in 2014. He owns a 64-39 record with a 4.16 ERA and 892 strikeouts in 856 2/3 innings across six seasons.Rodriguez would face stiff competition on the free-agent market were he to turn down the qualifying offer. Cy Young contenders Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray are free agents, along with Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Rodon, Justin Verlander, and Noah Syndergaard, among others.The Red Sox would receive draft-pick compensation if Rodriguez were to sign with a different team in free agency. Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched well in Game 3 but proceeded to mock Carlos Correa on his way off the mound. In the two games since, the Astros have outscored the Red Sox 18-3. John Tomase wonder if he that poked the proverbial bear.
A tale of two games. In Game 1, Correa made sure Boston knew it was his time. In Game 3, Rodriguez returned the gesture.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora did not appear to be pleased with pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez after Rodriguez mocked Astros star Carlos Correa.