Red Sox ink pitcher Eovaldi to four-year contract

Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi The Canadian Press

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.

Eovaldi is one of the few free agents from the championship team, giving the 108-win AL East champions a chance to repeat with virtually the same roster.

Either way you slice it, the Red Sox signed a pitcher, who would be the one or two in many rotations, to be their fourth or fifth starter and he's still in his prime under a pretty decent contract.

It comes as no surprise that Eovaldi is using his strong 2018 campaign to attempt to command a four-year deal.

Nathan Eovaldi represents Boston's latest returning piece from the 2018 champions. Eovaldi was aces for the Red Sox in the postseason, tossing 22 1/3 innings of 1.61 ERA ball, including a sterling six-inning relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers, a game that lasted 18 innings. "Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi", manager Alex Cora said.

Eovaldi did not pitch again in the series. We know the skills he brings to the mound.

He had, instead, launched himself into a curious free agency, one that carried the hard fastball and the hard cutter he'd picked up just before his second surgery and the splitter than came disguised as a fastball. 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. He averaged 8.19 strikeouts per nine innings, up from his career mark of 6.78. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016. Chatwood's first season in Chicago concluded with him in the bullpen, with command issues and a 5.30 ERA.

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