Breaking: Redsox Re-sign Playoff Hero Eovaldi 4-year, $67.5 million
In 7 seasons for Nathan Eovaldi, he has dealt with; two Tommy John surgeries, three trades, being non-tendered, and missing all of the 2017 season. No one would have faulted Eovaldi for not being able to reach his potential, a guy with 100+ stuff, but never able to together and evolve to the ace so many teams believed he’d become. When the Tampa Bay Rays signed Eovaldi to a 2 year, $4 million deal in 2017, with incentives of up to $3.5 million, executives understood this was an upside play and a bet on the flame throwing righty to come back from TJ. and perform to his abilities. In Eovaldi’s return, he was mediocre but showed flashes of his ace potential as he went 3-4, with a 4.26 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, and 8.4 K/9, over 57 innings, and enough to entice the Boston Red Sox to make a deal for the righty.
After being acquired by the Red Sox, Eovaldi quickly became a critical component to the their rotation as he went 3-3, with a 3.33 ERA, career low 0.5 HR/9 and 2.88 FIP over 12-games (11 starts). Eovaldi helped propel the Red Sox past their AL East rivals, New York Yankees including an 8-inning shut out gem, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4. His stellar performance would not stop there, as he quickly became the team’s most reliable arm as he posted a 1.61 ERA over 22.1 innings, along with 3 relief appearances in the World Series where he allowed just 1 earned run over 8 innings en route to the Red Sox’s fourth title this decade.
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. With pitching-needy teams in search for rotation help, Eovaldi, 28, is young enough, with high upside where he enticed several teams.
But Dave Dombrowski, and company would not allow the Playoff-Hero to get away, as both sides agreed a 4-year, $67.5 million deal that will keep Eovaldi in Beantown and donning the red and white jerseys for years to come. Eovaldi looks to slot alongside Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, to once again form a scary rotation and one of the tops in baseball.
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