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Sox fans can rejoice because right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is staying in Boston. The veteran pitcher has agreed to terms that will keep him at Fenway for the next four years with a price tag of roughly $17-million per season.
Eovaldi is coming off a career year in which he posted a 3.33 ERA in 12 games since being traded from Tampa and earned hearts across the city with his ability to pitch under pressure. Evident by his 1.61 ERA through six post-season appearances and an inspiring relief effort in Game 3 of the World Series.
Nathan Eovaldi had all eyes on him
The market for Eovaldi began to heat up early last week with reports that the Yankees and Astros had joined the Red Sox in hot pursuit. As the days pushed on though, it became clear that Dave Dombrowski and the Sox front office were closing in.
An executive from a club believed to be in on Nathan Eovaldi said he has heard Boston is closing in on a deal, adding that in his eyes, “the market is really just the Red Sox at this point.”
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018
The deal doesn’t come without risk however as Eovaldi has twice undergone Tommy John surgery — first in high school and again in 2016. But for a team looking for consistency behind the top of their rotation, he could be just what the doctor ordered.
It’s been so far so good since his last operation and he appears to only better with age.
Off the heels of re-signing 2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce, a move for Eovaldi shows the front office has every intention of retaining the core group that won 108 regular season games and only gave up three losses through the postseason.
This signing takes us one step closer to bringing the band back together and could play a major role in how the season unfolds.
Could Joe Kelly be next? Who knows- he does share an agent with Eovaldi.