3. The Arizona Diamondbacks are keeping tabs of Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez
Another season for the Detroit Tigers that is going to end up with them selling. They have some pieces on the mound that teams would love to add by August 1. One of them is lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.
According to MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand, several teams are keeping an eye on Rodriguez, including the Arizona Diamondbacks. For any team acquiring him, his contract is tricky as he signed a five-year, $77 million deal with Detroit before the 2022 season and he has an opt-out available after his second season, which just happens to be after the next two months. He can either play out the final three years of his deal for $49 million or opt-out and bet on himself.
This season, the former Boston Red Sox hurler is 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA for the Tigers with a WHIP of 1.03. He has good control all season, walking just 21 batters in 88.1 innings pitched and he has 91 strikeouts. Adding him to Arizona's staff for the final two months would give them a step up over the Padres with a reliable arm every fifth day.
The Diamondbacks were rumored to be taking a less aggressive approach to the deadline, but they are a year ahead of schedule in terms of contending and you never know from year to year how things will go. Just ask San Diego.
Arizona is an up-and-coming young team and, if Rodriguez likes it there, he could stay there for three more years and most likely contending for at least a Wild Card spot. Three years of Rodriguez in the NL West would be disastrous for the Padres.
San Diego hopes that most, if not all, of these rumors, come true. because if they do, it's not only going to make things harder for the rest of this season, but also the next couple of seasons to come.