The Boston Red Sox and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi have reached an agreement that would bring the free agent right-hander back to Boston, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
The deal is pending a physical.
Terms of the deal are unknown, but Jon Heyman on Wednesday night reported the deal was for four years at $17 million per year. Heyman also reported the New York Yankees were interested in Eovaldi, but did not want to go past three years on a deal.
Happ is Yankees’ next pitching target. They didn’t want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2018
Eovaldi, 28, was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 starts in 2018 but was 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA after being acquired by the Red Sox from Tampa Bay in late July.
However, it was the postseason where Eovaldi shined brightest. The righty finished 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, with his one loss coming in an extra inning affair in Game 3 of the World Series, in which he pitched 8 innings of relief before giving up a solo home run to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy in the 18th inning.
Eovaldi’s return would secure the top of the rotation for the Red Sox, who have Chris Sale under contract for one more year at $15 million, and David Price who declined an opt-out to remain with the team for the next four years for $127 million.
–Field Level Media