Redsox Re-sign Playoff Hero Eovaldi 4-year, $67.5 million

Tanya Simon
December 8, 2018

Talks between the Red Sox and free-agent righty Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying", Robert Murray of The Athletic reports (via Twitter).

Sure enough, the Red Sox announced Thursday they had signed Eovaldi to a four-year, $67.5 million contract. The flamethrowing righty was particularly impressive with the Red Sox, for whom he pitched to a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings to close out the season before dazzling with a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason frames.

Eovaldi, 28, was acquired by Boston on July 25 in exchange for Jalen Beeks.

"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a news release. During the Game 3 18-inning classic at Dodger Stadium, he came out of the bullpen for a solid six innings but gave up the walk-off homer to Max Muncy that ended the contest. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings.

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Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. In a sense, front offices now have to construct two different teams: one that can win a division over the long 162-game season and one that can win the postseason. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season.

After stellar performances in 2018, and a heroic playoff run, Eovaldi was set to receive a big contract from suitors as he was seen as a top-5 starter in a shallow pitching market.

Given his history with Tommy John surgery, a couple teams were reportedly reluctant to go after Eovaldi.

The Yankees spent a king's ransom last season to acquire NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

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