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Last July, the Red Sox were in the midst of another terrible season and decided that they will sell off their better players. An under the radar trade that occurred during that time was one between  two American League East teams, the Red Sox and the Orioles. The Red Sox sent their left-handed specialist, Andrew Miller, to Baltimore for minor league starter, Eduardo Rodriguez. The trade ended up not having a huge effect on the Orioles as they got swept by Kansas City in the playoffs. The Red Sox, however, may have ended up with an interesting prospect who had shown flashes of brilliance during his time in the minors. At the time of the trade, Rodriguez was actually struggling a bit, which may have made the decision to trade him easier for Baltimore.

After being traded, Rodriguez finished the 2014 season in AA and, again, started to show his potential. Rodriguez began the 2015 season in Triple-A and picked up where he left off last year. He was one of three Red Sox starters who were on the cusp of being promoted to the majors. Finally in late May, the Red Sox promoted him and he was set to start on the road against the Rangers. Rodriguez was slated to only make one start with the major league club, however, his stay in the majors has been extended. Rodriguez was terrific in Texas, pitching into the eighth inning while allowing no earned runs. After the game Farrell stated that he hoped Rodriguez would stay with the big league club. Although the start did not inspire the team as they lost the next three games, Rodriguez proved that he belonged in the majors and ended up staying with Boston. On June 3rd, Rodriguez got the start and was once again masterful. He pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run at home against Minnesota. Given the state of the Red Sox rotation, Rodriguez’s performances have been exactly what the team needed to break up a rough stretch of bad baseball.

The Red Sox landed themselves a great young pitcher for the small price of a relief pitcher. Although the team traded star pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey that same day, years from now the trade for Rodriguez might be remembered as having the most impact on the team’s future.  If the first two starts are an indication of what to expect from Rodriguez going forward, the team must not involve him in any trade discussions for a starting pitcher. In a short time Rodriguez has shown what kind of pitcher he can be and the Red Sox need to make sure that he stays in Boston for a long time. The Red Sox needed to add a starter to their struggling rotation and in a matter of a week and a half, Rodriguez has given the team the upgrade they needed.

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Colby Gatz covers the Red Sox and Patriots for MFST, you can follow him on twitter at @bostonfan_15.

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