Sources: Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez agrees to 5-year, $77 million deal with Detroit Tigers
Former Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and the Detroit Tigers are in agreement on a five-year deal worth $77 million, sources confirmed to ESPN. Rodriguez, 28, went 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA last season with the Red Sox after missing all of 2020 because of coronavirus-related myocarditis. Rodriguez was Boston's best starter in 2019, finishing sixth in the American League Cy Young voting and posting a 19-6 record with a 3.81 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 34 starts. In seven seasons in Boston, Rodriguez was 64-39 with a 4.16 ERA.
Atlanta Braves sign catcher Manny Pina to two-year, $8 million deal
The World Series champion Atlanta Braves added depth at catcher by signing Manny Pina to a two-year, $8 million contract Monday. He will make $3.5 million next season and $4.5 million in 2023. The contract also includes a $4 million club option for 2024 with no buyout. The 34-year-old Pina hit a career-best 13 home runs in 75 games with Milwaukee this past season, his sixth with the Brewers. He joins starting Braves catcher Travis d'Armaud, who agreed to a two-year, $16 million extension during the season that includes an $8 million club option for 2024. D'Arnaud and Pina give the Braves a couple of veteran catchers to hold down the position while top prospect Shea Langeliers gets additional seasoning in the minors. The Braves also have another young catcher, 23-year-old William Contreras, who got a chance to start in 2021 after d'Arnaud was injured but failed to hold down the job. The signing of Pina is a mere side note to the Braves' main focus of the offseason.
Colorado Rockies, catcher Elias Diaz agree to 3-year extension
The Colorado Rockies and catcher Elias Diaz agreed to a three-year extension on Thursday, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple reports, the deal is worth $14.5 million. The contract covers one year of arbitration and two free-agent years.Diaz, 31, set a career high this season with 18 home runs and led the National League by throwing out 42.1% of attempted base stealers. He also had a .246 batting average and 44 RBIs in 106 games.
Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper captures second career MVP
Bryce Harper claimed his second Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, edging out Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and several others in what seemingly became a wide-open race in the National League. Harper captured 17 of the 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Soto (six first-place votes) and Tatis (two) finished second and third, respectively, in the vote tally, which also adds points for second- and third-place finishes. San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford received four first-place votes and Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner got one. A month removed from his 29th birthday, Harper becomes the fourth player since 2000 to win multiple MVPs before turning 30, joining Mike Trout (3), Albert Pujols (3) and Alex Rodriguez (2). Harper ultimately led the NL in slugging percentage (.615) and park-adjusted OPS (179) while accumulating 6.6 FanGraphs wins above replacement, tied with Soto for second in the NL behind Turner.