Well, here's a curveball. Apparently, the Detroit Tigers had a deal in place with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Eduardo Rodriguez, but he invoked his no-trade clause to stay in Detroit, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
In addition to the opt-out, E-rod had a no-trade clause in his contract where he could veto a trade to 10 teams, and that list included the Dodgers. Well, he used it, and as of right now, he's still a Tiger.
We hear about no-trade clauses all the time. Heck, Justin Verlander had one in his contract with the Mets, but he waived it to go back to Houston today. But rarely to do we see players actually invoke a no-trade clause.
This just adds another leg to the strange career arc E-rod has had in Detroit. If you recall, he missed about three months last season to deal with some personal issues. He was also one of the last to report to spring training this season. And now, this. It's very odd.
As for what this means for his trade value, it goes down significantly. Teams know the Tigers can only trade him to teams that aren't apart of his no-trade clause. Scott Harris just lost a ton of leverage because a bunch of teams can no longer be suitors because of fear E-rod will use the no-trade clause on them as well.
What a strange situation. I guess we'll see what Harris comes up with in the next 50 minutes or so.