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Dodgers News: Eduardo Rodriguez Ghosted Former Teammates From LA at Trade Deadline

Despite the Dodgers’ best efforts to get more starting pitching help, the main deal that would’ve aided this quest was not agreed upon by the player involved in the deal.

Detroit Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez rejected a trade to the Dodgers on Tuesday and shocked both fans and some of his former teammates alike reported by Fabian Ardaya of the Athletic.

“I think it surprised the world. Can’t do nothing but respect that. Even if he said, ‘I just don’t want to become a Dodger,’ that’s fine with me. As long as he’s happy, he’s good, he’s feeling good. That’s all I care about.”

via Mookie Betts, The Athletic

Rodriguez surprised more than just his old buddy from Fenway, but one of his international teammates was also blindsided by the news and lack of response from the current Tigers righty.

With a limited 10-team no trade clause, Rodriguez explained the decision to remain in the AL Central by exercising the option on Wednesday to the Detroit media

“I feel like we had a couple conversations (about) it. But the details of the trade wasn’t where I wanted for me and my family. I decided to stay here in Detroit.”

via Eduardo Rodriguez, The Athletic

It’s understandable that Rodriguez kept his family in mind to remain a Detroit Tiger, but his ex-teammates and fans alike were left wondering why there was no conversations at all from the man himself on deadline day.

Losing out on Rodriguez meant that other starting pitchers went off the market and the Dodgers were left scrambling for some last minute options before calling it a day.

The Venezuelan international has pitched extremely well in the Motor City this season, sporting a sub-3 ERA across 16 starts, a win-loss record of 7-5 and a WAR north of 2.

Depth remains an issue for the Dodgers’ rotation after rookies Bobby Miller, Michael Grove and Emmett Sheehan have needed to step into starting roles after injuries to Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw.

While the club added Lance Lynn to aid the rotation for the final two months of the regular season, one can only wonder just what Rodriguez could have done in Dodger blue.

Regardless, the Boys in Blue will press on in pursuit of another NL West crown as the final games of the 162-game regular season are fast approaching.

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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