Tigers: 2 reasons why Eduardo Rodriguez would want to stay in Detroit, 1 why he wouldn't

Eduardo Rodriguez has an opt-out in his contract at the end of the year, but will he use it?
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Eduardo Rodriguez was not traded by the Detroit Tigers at the MLB trade deadline, meaning he will be with the team for the remainder of the 2023 season. Now, the attention turns fully to his opt-out at the end of the season.

One would think there's no question he'd exercise it. He's having a career year, and could easily double his $15.4 million salary in free agency. However, he's gone on record saying how much he and his family like it in Detroit.

He could still opt-out, and the Tigers could sign him to an extension. Or, less likely, he doesn't opt-out at all and stays in Detroit to play out his current contract.

By all accounts, it sounds like E-rod wants to stay in Detroit for the long haul. The ball is in Scott Harris' court. However, this could just be media talk. Maybe he doesn't like it here and is just saying to get everyone off his back. It's not likely, but not impossible either.

Here are 2 reasons why Eduardo Rodriguez would want to stay in Detroit 1 why he wouldn't

1. He likes it here

This is by far the most overwhelming reason why E-rod would want to stay with the Tigers. He likes it here. He likes his teammates, he likes his coaching staff, he likes the city. These are all things that he has said in the past.

Clearly, his family is important to him. After all, he left the team for three months last year to address familial issues. He vetoed a trade to the west coast to stay closer to his family.

If he truly enjoys it here — and he's given no indication that he doesn't — why would he leave? The obvious response would be the money, but perhaps he would take a hometown discount to stay. Time will only tell on that front.