Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Red Sox Re-Sign Nathan Eovaldi After Playoff Success

Red Sox Re-Sign Nathan Eovaldi After Playoff Success

Nathan Eovaldi appears to be staying in Boston.

According to's Mark Feinsand via Twitter Thursday, the team has reached a four-year, $67.5 M contract agreement with Eovaldi to keep him as a member of the World Series champions. In line with Murray's report, Fancred's Jon Heyman has reported that talks between Eovaldi and the Red Sox are centered around a four-year deal worth nearly $17 million per season. 2018 was his first year in the playoffs.

Eovaldi, 28, missed the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery and it didn't return until May 30 with Tampa Bay.

In four career regular-season starts against the Yankees, Eovaldi is just 1-1 but has an impressive 1.93 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings, allowing just 14 hits in those starts. Eovaldi worked both as a starter and a high-leverage, multi-inning reliever in October, regularly pumping triple-digit fastballs as he became one of manager Alex Cora's most trusted playoff weapons. He owns a 10-5 record with a 3.70 career ERA in 26 appearances. While he did have a stretch in which he was inconsistent, it was his performance in the big games, particularly against the Yankees, that makes this re-signing a big one for Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowksi.

Boston's starting rotation looks to be set after locking-up Eovaldi long-term, but questions remain in the bullpen.

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