Friday, January 11, 2019

Red Sox And Eduardo Rodriguez Agree On A $4.3M Deal, Avoid Arbitration

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The Red Sox 'inked up' another player today, agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract with left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez. This amounts to a nearly $2 million raise for ERod—who finished 2018 with a 13-5 record and a 3.82 ERA. As's Christopher Smith points out, Boston's starting rotation will set John Henry back a whopping $87.625 million for 2019. This includes the new contract for Rodriguez, plus those of Chris Sale ($15M), David Price ($31M), Rick Porcello ($20.635M) and Nathan Eovaldi ($17M). Various estimates of the total 2019 payroll are in the range of $236 million—$30 million over the $206 million luxury tax threshold. And that doesn't even count what it will cost to bring back Craig Kimbrel or a substitute like Adam Ottavino. Of course, at least most of that money will be going to players who are actually going to perform for the team in 2019—unlike the $23 million that will be paid Pablo Sandoval this year. Oy!