Eduardo Rodriguez will make a good chunk of change in 2020, just not as much as he’d hoped.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher has lost his arbitration case with Boston, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and MassLive’s Chris Cotillo on Thursday. Rodriguez hoped to make $8.975 million, but instead reportedly will be receiving the team’s original offer of $8.3 million for his 2020 salary.
Eduardo Rodriguez lost his arbitration case with the #RedSox, according to a source. He will receive the team’s offer of $8.3M, not his requested $8.975M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 13, 2020
Source confirms: Red Sox defeated Eduardo Rodriguez in arbitration. He’ll make $8.3 million in 2020, not the $8.975 million he requested. @Ken_Rosenthal first.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 13, 2020
As a result Boston will save an extra $675,000 on his contract.
The case was heard Wednesday by arbitrators Melinda Gordon, Steven Wolf and Walt de Treux in Phoenix, Ariz., while Red Sox pitchers and catchers were having their first workout.
Last season, the 26-year old posted a career-best 19-6 record. Rodriguez finished sixth in American League Cy Young voting with a 3.81 ERA and 213 strikeouts, emerging as one of Boston’s most reliable starters during a disappointing 2019 season.
Rodriguez was the team’s last unsigned arbitration-eligible player. Boston settled with outfielder Andrew Benintendi on a two-year, $10 million deal Saturday.
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