Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has lost his arbitration hearing against the team, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). Rodriguez will now receive an $8.3MM salary for the 2020 season, as opposed to his sought-after figure of $8.975MM.
Amidst an overall disappointing year for the Sox, Rodriguez was a major bright spot, delivering a performance that earned him a sixth-place finish in AL Cy Young Award voting. The southpaw posted a 3.81 ERA, 2.84 K/BB rate, 9.4 K/9, and 48.5% grounder rate in 2019, and perhaps the most important statistic for Rodriguez is that those numbers came over 203 1/3 innings. After multiple injury-plagued years, Rodriguez stayed healthy and became a workhorse out of Boston’s rotation, as only ten pitchers topped Rodriguez’s innings total last season.
Originally acquired for Andrew Miller in 2014 trade deadline deal, the man they call E-Rod has been a solid (if inconsistent) pitcher over his 699 career Major League innings, and the Red Sox now hope that he can match or surpass his 2019 numbers going forward. As a Super Two player, Rodriguez has a fourth year of arbitration eligibility remaining next season before hitting free agency after the 2021 season. There hadn’t been any extension talks between Rodriguez and the Red Sox as of last September, though it wouldn’t be surprising if new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and Rodriguez’s reps at Octagon have a few discussions this spring now that this hearing is out of the way (and now that the Sox have cleared a lot of future salary off their books by trading David Price to the Dodgers).
Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez remains the only player to emerge victorious in an arbitration hearing this year, as Rodriguez joins Jose Berrios, Shane Greene, Joc Pederson, and Tony Wolters in coming up on the down side of the arbiter’s decision. You can follow along with all of the arbitration results with the MLBTR Arbitration Tracker.