BY Robert j. matthews
Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who was a free agent, signed a four-year contract worth $80 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He chose this deal after deciding not to continue with the Detroit Tigers.
The person talked to Bob Nightengale from USA TODAY Sports anonymously because the signing wasn't official yet.
The left-handed pitcher joins the National League champions' group of starting pitchers, which already includes Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly.
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The Tigers signed Rodriguez for $77 million over five years in 2022. They also added Baez as a shortstop for $140 million during the same winter.
He did a good job pitching for the Tigers with a 3.58 ERA in 43 starts, but he missed half of his first season in Detroit.
Rodriguez started playing for the Red Sox when he was 22 years old in 2015.
He played with the team for several years and had a 4.16 ERA in 159 games. Rodriguez helped Boston win the World Series in 2018.
Brandon Pfaadt is a right-handed pitcher who is expected to be a regular in the rotation for Arizona.