16:22: The deal was officially announced. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter ), Eovaldi's warranty will be $ 68 million for four years.
"We are very happy to have Nathan back with us." said the president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, in a press release. "He did a tremendous job last season, helping us to win the division and the World Series. His performance in the postseason was excellent, both as a starter and as a helper.
8:53 pm : The Red Sox have signed a deal to bring back the righteous Nathan Eovaldi a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic ( via Twitter ). The ACES customer has secured a $ 67.5 million four-year contract, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com ( on Twitter ).
This was a match that had predicted the MLBTR in their list of the fifty largest MLB free agents. Honestly, this was one of the situations where Eovaldi joins the World Series champions. The MLBTR suspected that Eovaldi would get a $ 60 million guarantee for four years, a contract level that seemed rather ambitious at the time, but became more and more plausible over the winter.
The uncertainty that causes Eovaldi's right arm to fire is well known. After spending several months up close and ending up with a fire process on the biggest stage of the game, the Boston organization was well positioned to decide if Eovaldi was worth the risk.
That does not mean that there were no other pursuers. In the end, the Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Brewers, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, and Padres all had some involvement. This large number of applicants undoubtedly led to a level that would have been almost unimaginable at the beginning of the 2018 season.
After Patrick Corbin left the board, the sprint for Eovaldi was under way. Dave Dombrowski, president of the Red Sox baseball organization, had clearly decided that Eovaldi had top priority. With deep pockets and the fascination of a repeated title run to support his cause, Dombrowski was able to reach his goal last night after a final push.
If any team tries another attack on Eovaldi, it's certainly the Sox. He was operated on twice by Tommy John, needed another elbow operation at the beginning of the 2018 season, and had only made more than 30 starts in a MLB campaign once. Eustrade's career ERA of 4.16, composed of over 850 frames, speaks for his years of unfulfilled promises to the Dodgers, Marlins and Yankees. The well-known surgeon Dr. Christopher Ahmad gave an optimistic outlook on Eovaldi's outlook, and the independent pitching measures generally assessed the accuracy of his findings, but the risk associated with this kind of background can not be denied.
That said, the cap here is pretty convincing. Eovaldi is not even 29 years old and had an average heat output of over 97 km / h last year. While he was somewhat Homeric to open the season with the Rays during his time, which affected his results despite showing convincing stamina, the seven-year MLB veterinarian in 2018 was excellent throughout the course. He eventually pitched 54 regular season holders of 3.33 ERA balls at 8.0 K / 9 and 2.0 BB / 9 for the Sox. Throughout the campaign, Eovaldi's swing strike rate rose to a career high of 10.7%, while it had a robust groundball rate of 45.6%, which was just below its personal average, but it was its postseason which has consolidated its status as a top free agent arm. Eovaldi turned in 22 1/3 frames over the three series of the team. He was excellent every time he took the ball, whether starter, late-riser or long man. Eovaldi finally allowed only four earned runs in 15 hits and three walks, while he collected 16 pickets.
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