Nathan Eovaldi agrees to $68 million, 4-year deal with Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi

Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday evening that negotiations between the Red Sox and Eovaldi were "getting serious".

Despite the risk, it's still a move the Red Sox had to make.

Eovaldi, 29 in February, has also been tied to the Astros and Yankees in recent days, returned from Tommy John surgery in 2018 and delivered 111 regular-season innings of 3.81 ERA ball with 8.2 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9. He had his best season in 2018, however, returning in late May after missing all of 2017 after surgery in August of 2016, then dramatically increased his stock with a huge performance in the postseason. Eovaldi's new deal pays $17 million annually. He started and came in relief situations at times and now he's being rewarded for his heroics. 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.

Eovaldi's contract is worth $68million over four years, the Red Sox announced on Thursday. After all, out of those 140 pitchers, Eovaldi was just middle of the pack - 67th - in strikeout rate. 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.

After falling short to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, the New York Yankees seek to regroup in free agency from their failed World Series bid.

"Nobody's going to remember who won that game". The Red Sox are one of many teams who've been prominently linked to the right-hander, who starred for them following a midseason trade from the Rays. Maybe that's why the Red Sox will get those World Series rings while the Yankees and Dodgers didn't.

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