Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will be re-signing with the Boston Red Sox in hopes of repeating as World Series Champions.
The deal is pending a physical, but the report is that Eovaldi will be signing a 4-year $67.5 million deal. The hard-throwing righty will now make nearly $17 million per season, a big upgrade from the $2 million deal he received during the 2017-18 offseason.
Eovaldi was originally acquired by Boston at the 2018 trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitching prospect Jalen Beeks. In the half season he spent in Boston, Eovaldi appeared in 12 games, striking out 48, while sporting a 3.33 ERA.
Still, Eovaldi’s biggest impact with the Red Sox came in the postseason where he was used continually. This helped pave the way to the pay day that the former 11th round draft pick received this morning.
In terms of what this does for Boston, it gives them depth in the middle of their rotation for now and the future. With Rick Porcello and Chris Sale’s contracts coming up next offseason, the Red Sox needed a little more stability regarding their starting pitching.
With “Nasty Nate” officially in the fold for 2019, the Sox rotation figures to be made up of himself, Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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