LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
In somewhat of a surprising move last week, Eduardo Rodriguez opted out of the final three years, $49 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Rodriguez, 30, now enters this offseason has one of the more intriguing arms. Last year, the Venezuela native pitched to a strong 3.30 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 26 starts totaling 152.2 innings. He also had a 3.66 FIP, 23% strikeout rate, and 7.7% walk rate.
Right now, Arizona's rotation is all right-handed. Tommy Henry could be an option to to start, but he missed most of the second-half, including all the postseason, with left elbow inflammation, so the team might be cautious with his recovery. Plus, GM Mike Hazen already knows E-Rod from their time in Boston. Rodriguez will surely be seeking a larger deal than what he left on the table with Detroit, so Arizona might have to dig deep to sign him.