Eduardo Rodriguez rejected the $ 18.4 million qualifying offer he received from the Boston Red Sox, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Sunday.
Heyman added on Twitter that “things are heating up for” Rodriguez as he is in talks with teams over a multi-year contract.
Any free agent who has received a qualifying offer has until November 17 at 5 p.m. to accept or decline it.
The Red Sox will receive draft compensation if Rodriguez signs with another team in free agency.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Wednesday that the Tigers had “an early interest” in Rodriguez.
The Red Sox offered Rodriguez a multi-year contract, Heyman also reported on Wednesday.
“I will never comment on negotiations with a player, but it is no surprise to all of you that we are engaged with Eddie and his representatives,” Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran said Wednesday. “We would love to bring him back.
The 28-year-old is 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 3.32 FIP in 32 outings (31 starts) during the 2021 regular season. opponents beat .277 against him.
He averages 10.6 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings (157 ⅔ of innings).
Rodriguez returned in 2021 after not launching in 2020 due to myocarditis or heart inflammation, likely caused by COVID.
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