The Red Sox acquired E-Rod in July 2014. At that time he was a 21-year-old pitcher in the Orioles farm system. The Sox sent high-profile reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore in exchange for the left-hander – and the Sox were adamant that E-Rod was the piece that would get the deal done with Baltimore.
It’s fair to say that this trade was worth it from a Sox standpoint. Rodriguez is now 26 and has already completed five seasons in the majors – this past season being his best one yet. There’ve been injury problems for E-Rod to overcome, but last year he showed that he’s got a lot to offer this ball club and goes into next season as a possible Opening Day starter.
Eddie Aces established himself in 2018, with a 3.82 ERA and was a big part in bringing the ninth championship to Boston. That ERA came down one point this season, but it was over 73.2 more innings than in 2018, as he started a league-leading 34 games over 2019.
In a transitional period for the Sox, having as productive a starter as Rodriguez is extremely important. He’s going to be a key figure in this new era in Boston and hopefully will continue to be for years to come.