2. The Reds could target Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency
Eduardo Rodriguez may be a bit of a pipe dream for the Cincinnati Reds, but it's not completely out of the question. While left-handers like Jordan Montgomery cannot be extended a Qualifying Offer, Rodriguez most certainly can.
Rodriguez had an up-and-down 2023 campaign, and rather than accepting a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the deadline, the southpaw exercised his no-trade clause and remained with the Detriot Tigers.
The left-hander is sure receive a hefty payday in free agency. According to Spotrac, Rodriguez may be able to take home upwards of $20-million per season.
With a 3.30 ERA and 143 punch outs in 152.2 innings pitched, Rodriguez is sure to be high on the list of many baseball executives this offseason. In fact, there's a chance that Rodriguez may even renegotiate a deal to stay in the Motor City.
Before being extended a Qualifying Offer, Eduardo Rodriguez must first opt out of his current contract. With the QO and his expected market to be higher than the $18-million salary on his curreny contract, it stands to reason why Rodriguez would opt out of his deal.