Monday, November 8, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, November 8, 2021 -- "Qualifying Offers"

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"Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox. By contrast, Rodriguez has had three two-win campaigns and his 2021, in which he was murderized by the Red Sox defense, came in at 1.9. Rodriguez had a 4.74 ERA, but a 3.32 FIP while coming back from Covid-related myocarditis. He’s a year younger than Ray, as well. Maybe 15, 20 years ago he’d have been a huge bargain, but teams can now see how good he was last year. I think he’ll decline the QO, get a contract for about 60% of what Ray’s is worth, and out-pitch the older lefty over the next three years."