Nathan Eovaldi agrees to US$68M, 4-year deal with Red Sox
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 09, 2018,
Dec 09, 2018, 1:52
Talks between the Red Sox and free-agent righty Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying", Robert Murray of The Athletic reports (via Twitter).
"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Sure, a guy that helped win a World Series is great to have but Eovaldi sticking around means Price has a buddy to play Fortnite with!
Eovaldi will pitch the 2019 season as a 29-year-old and will spend a healthy chunk of his prime calling Fenway Park home. He pitched in relief four times as well, including six innings and 97 pitches in a 3-2, 18-inning Game 3 loss to Los Angeles. He threw 22 1/3 innings both out of the bullpen and as a starter while posting a 1.61 ERA.
It comes as no surprise that Eovaldi is using his strong 2018 campaign to attempt to command a four-year deal.
Eovaldi has extensive experience pitching in the AL East. Eovaldi has only twice in his seven-year career crossed the 25-start threshold.
"I told him how proud I was of him", Cora said. Given Boston's uncertainty beyond the top three in the rotation - Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Brian Johnson are among the options for the final two spots - it seems logical to expect that Eovaldi's high-octane arm would serve to deepen the starting staff.
Eovaldi reportedly has re-signed with the Red Sox on a four-year deal worth $67.5 million. World Series MVP Steve Pearce has already re-signed; Game 5 victor David Price opted in to the last four years of the contract he signed before the 2016 season; the team exercised its option on ace Chris Sale.
Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in 2007 when he was a junior in high school and his second in August 2016 while with the Yankees.