The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired important players such as Eduardo Rodriguez in order to prepare for the next season. Rodriguez has agreed to a big four-year, $80 million contract with the possibility to extend it to a five-year, $99 million contract or potentially reach $100 million with a vesting option, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman. In April, Rodriguez chose to forego the remaining months of his three-year, $49 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. In addition, he turned down a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, citing the security of his family as his justification for remaining in the area.
The D-backs pulled off a major trade earlier in the offseason to acquire third baseman Eugenio Suárez in a three-player deal with the Seattle Mariners. Their postseason run, highlighted by thrilling wins against strong opponents that catapulted them into the World Series spotlight, became the talk of the town.
They most notably defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the divisional round and prevailed over the Philadelphia Phillies in a seven-game series to win the NL pennant. But the Texas Rangers put an end to their hopes when they won five games to win their first World Series title, thereby stopping their momentum.
The Diamondbacks’ rotation fit for Eduardo Rodriguez’s pitching in 2023
Rodriguez proved his mettle on the mound in the previous season, pitching 152.2 innings with a 3.30 ERA and recording 143 strikeouts in just 26 games despite missing time with a finger injury. His effectiveness comes from not just getting strikeouts but also from deftly reducing strong contact, a tactic that has proven to be effective time and time again.
Rodriguez has a reputation for pitching deep into games; this is demonstrated by his 2023 average of 5.9 innings per start, which significantly exceeds the league average of 5.1 innings and establishes Rodriguez as a trustworthy late-game asset.
With Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen providing strong foundations, the Diamondbacks’ beginning pitching rotation is coming together quite nicely. With Rodriguez joining the team, their pitching arsenal should get even stronger, adding to the team’s depth. Plus, Brandon Pfaadt, who was in excellent form throughout the 2023 postseason, appears ready to take over at the fourth spot in the rotation. This intriguing lineup foreshadows an intriguing and strong pitching setup for the Diamondbacks, which could improve their chances of winning their next games.
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