Redsox Re-sign Playoff Hero Eovaldi 4-year, $67.5 million

Heather Diaz
December 8, 2018

The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in Boston and they have done exactly that.

Closer Craig Kimbrel is reportedly seeking a six-year contract, and it's unclear whether the Red Sox will make a significant commitment to the seven-time All-Star. Fancred's Jon Heyman backs up Murray's report, adding that he heard the current asking price is four years at $17 million per year.

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.

The 28-year-old right-hander posted a 3.33 ERA in 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) after arriving from the Tampa Bay Rays in July.

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If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain. Given the fact that Red Sox ace Chris Sale wasn't 100 percent, Eovaldi's performance as both a starter and bullpen arm was a major factor in the team winning their ninth World Series championship.

While Nathan Eovladi does provide depth in the starting rotation, here are three other ways his re-signing impacts the 2019 Boston Red Sox.

Eovaldi was even better in a hybrid role throughout the postseason, allowing just four earned runs in 22.3 innings across two starts and four relief appearances. But Eovaldi wasn't done there, he came up big in the World Series against the Dodgers. He went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA down the stretch.

Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in 2007 when he was a junior in high school and his second in August 2016 while with the Yankees.

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