3 Eduardo Rodriguez favorites if Tigers just signed his replacement

The Detroit Tigers have inked Kenta Maeda to a two-year, $24 million deal. This could mean that they are out of the running for left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez

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1. Cincinnati Reds

The Reds are a team that surprised a lot of people in 2023. Following a 100-loss campaign in 2022, the Reds came out of nowhere and won 82 games, falling just two games short of a Wild Card berth.

They were largely propelled by their young core of stars that includes Elly De La Cruz, Spencer Steer, and Matt McLain. But their starting rotation needs some work.

Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are expected to emerge as frontline starters for the Reds, but they could use the experience of a veteran pitcher on their staff to help guide their young pitchers.

The Reds won't be in on Blake Snell or Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but Rodriguez could come at a more reasonable price for the team. Having him around could benefit Greene and Lodolo, while also forming a solid top three in the Reds rotation.

Cincinnati is obviously a team on the rise and may only be a few pieces away from building a true contender for 2024 and beyond.

The Reds were in on Sonny Gray, who recently signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. But Rodriguez could be a solid alternative after missing out on their former right-hander.