Red Sox ink pitcher Eovaldi to four-year contract

Florence Fletcher
December 9, 2018

Free agent Nathan Eovaldi was the star of the Red Sox 2018 World Series highlight video, and he didn't even have to attend the red carpet premiere.

Terms of the deal were not announced but MLB.com reported it was worth $68 million. Remaining unsigned players who became free agents after winning the Series include closer Craig Kimbrel, left-hander Drew Pomeranz, right-hander Joe Kelly and second basemen Brandon Phillips and Ian Kinsler.

Heyman reported on Thursday that the Yankees' next target is pitcher J.A. Happ, who spent several months with the team a year ago after being acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays.

Eovaldi, who split the regular season between the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox, posted a 6-7 record and 3.81 ERA during the regular season. He threw 22 1/3 innings both out of the bullpen and as a starter while posting a 1.61 ERA.

Eovaldi, 28, was acquired by Boston on July 25 in exchange for Jalen Beeks.

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At the premiere of the Red Sox's 2018 season highlight video, Eovaldi got the biggest cheers when his name was mentioned, with the crowd chanting "Bring him back!"

Eovaldi pitched one inning of relief in each of the first two games of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did", Rick Porcello said.

Boston manager Alex Cora said earlier this week Eovaldi was a "game-changer". He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery. Steven Wright (2021), Rodriguez (2022), Brian Johnson (2025) and Hector Velazquez are all arbitration eligible for at least the next two seasons before hitting the open market.

If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain.

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