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According to reports, the Boston Red Sox have acquired Tampa Bay Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi in exchange for Jalen Beeks. The Sox have been interested in adding a starter for a while, which was amplified by the injury uncertainty of Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez. Plus, after a poor performance from Pomeranz last night against the Orioles, it was clear an upgrade was necessary.
Earlier this week I wrote a piece titled What should the Red Sox do with its rotation and listed the Eovaldi as a potential trade candidate for Boston. Here’s what I said:
The Red Sox could look at someone like Nathan Eovaldi, who is in the last year of his contract, from the Rays. He has been nails this season coming off a big-time injury. Despite an ERA (4.26) that is ballooned by one horrible outing (8 runs in less than 3 innings), this is a guy Boston should seriously look into. His 3.49 xFIP is incredibly encouraging, as his other numbers are inflated by an unsustainable homerun rate.
Eovaldi will decidedly add depth to the rotation, which will probably see Drew Pomeranz or Brian Johnson shift to the bullpen.
The return they had to give for less than a half year of Eovaldi, however, seems a tad steep. Beeks has enjoyed an excellent season in Pawtucket, with copious amounts of strikeouts (12.06 K/9), but was shelled in his brief stint in Boston. He appears to have a decent prospect pedigree with a good chance of making the MLB and sticking. The profile for him is as a back-end rotation or bullpen piece. Everyone should know what the Rays have been doing with their bullpen this season.
Regardless, Beeks was not going to make a big impact with the club this year; a year in which the Red Sox are poised to make a deep postseason run. Boston needed a starting pitcher and they got a pretty damn good one.