Eduardo José Rodríguez Hernández (born April 7, 1993), nicknamed “E-Rod”, is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox.
Rodríguez signed as an international free agent with the Baltimore Orioles’ organization in 2010, was traded to the Red Sox during the 2014 season, and made his MLB debut in May 2015.
With the Red Sox, he was a member of the 2018 World Series champions. Rodríguez signed with the Tigers as a free agent before the 2022 season.
On December 1, 2020, Rodríguez and the Red Sox reached a one-year deal for the 2021 season, reportedly worth $8.3 million. He made his first start in over a year on April 8, 2021, registering a win against Baltimore.
On July 23, Rodríguez exited a start against the New York Yankees in the second inning due to migraine symptoms. Overall during the regular season, Rodríguez appeared in 32 games (31 starts) for Boston, compiling a 13–8 record with 4.74 ERA while striking out 185 batters in 157+2⁄3 innings.
He then made three starts in the postseason, pitching to a 1–1 record while allowing seven runs in 12+2⁄3 innings as the Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series.
On November 3, Rodríguez elected to become a free agent. On November 7, the Red Sox issued Rodríguez a qualifying offer; he had a 10-day window to accept a one-year contract for $18.4 million, agree to other contract terms with the team, or remain a free agent. Rodríguez rejected the qualifying offer.
On November 15, 2021, Rodríguez signed a five-year, $77 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. The deal includes an opt-out clause that Rodríguez can exercise after the 2023 season. On March 18, 2022, Tigers manager A. J. Hinch announced that Rodríguez would start the opening day game for the Tigers on April 8.
Catherine Rodriguez, Eduardo Rodriguez’s wife, has two children, Annie and Ian. Annie arrived first, followed by Ian on April 17, 2017.