Eovaldi's contract is worth $68million over four years, the Red Sox announced on Thursday. The Red Sox, however, got to witness firsthand what Eovaldi brings to the table.
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 underwent Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school, then underwent a second TJ surgery in August 2016.
One day after the Red Sox championship parade, team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sat in the press conference room at Fenway Park and declared his intentions.
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Due to his dominance against the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, as well as his relief performance of Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nathan Eovaldi quickly established himself as one of the highly sought after free agents this offseason. In a sense, front offices now have to construct two different teams: one that can win a division over the long 162-game season and one that can win the postseason. He would join a rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez, giving manager Alex Cora maybe the best group of five in the majors right now (especially if Cleveland trades Kluber or Trevor Bauer).
It comes as no surprise that Eovaldi is using his strong 2018 campaign to attempt to command a four-year deal.
He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016.
After stellar performances in 2018, and a heroic playoff run, Eovaldi was set to receive a big contract from suitors as he was seen as a top-5 starter in a shallow pitching market.