Everyone is pumped up about the news that Nathan Eovaldi has re-signed with the Boston Red Sox.
The deal is said to be worth $67.5 million over four years. Sure, a guy that helped win a World Series is great to have but Eovaldi sticking around means Price has a buddy to play Fortnite with! Also, of course, the uncertainty of a pitcher operating after two Tommy John surgeries, and also one who'd put himself at risk for the good of the ballclub. The Red Sox acquired him for left-handed prospect Jalen Beeks on July 25 and Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in Boston.
33 ERA in 11 starts and one long-relief appearance. He entered Game 3 in the 12th inning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings, preventing the bullpen from enduring additional stress.
Nathan Eovaldi got his start in the Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but over the next seven years he bounced around as a piece in trades for bigger names like Hanley Ramirez and Martin Prado. He missed the 2017 season while recovering from surgery and returned in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and also with a fastball that neared 100 miles per hour. "Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi", Cora said.
Eovaldi has extensive experience pitching in the AL East. Given Boston's uncertainty beyond the top three in the rotation - Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Brian Johnson are among the options for the final two spots - it seems logical to expect that Eovaldi's high-octane arm would serve to deepen the starting staff.
The Red Sox signed Steve Pearce to a one-year deal in November, bringing back the Most Valuable Player of the World Series for $6.25 million.
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.