Absent Nathan Eovaldi gets biggest cheers at Red Sox video premiere

Kristopher Nichols
December 9, 2018

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that negotiations between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying".

The deal is said to be worth $67.5 million over four years.

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. But Eovaldi wasn't done there, he came up big in the World Series against the Dodgers. The New York Yankees reportedly were interested in Eovaldi but did not want to go past three years on a deal.

In six postseason appearances (two starts), Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.806 WHIP. He registered a 3-3 record with a 3.33 ERA in 12 regular-season appearances after the deal. His lone loss may have been his best outing, as he pitched six innings of relief in Boston's 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series in Los Angeles. He joined the Red Sox in July after a trade with the Rays. He also threw a cut-fastball 32 percent of the time, a career high in his second season using the pitch.

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"I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did", Rick Porcello said. The ninth pitcher of the game for the Red Sox, Eovaldi helped save Boston's pitching staff for the rest of the series, which the Red Sox won in five games. World Series MVP Steve Pearce has already re-signed; Game 5 victor David Price opted in to the last four years of the contract he signed before the 2016 season; the team exercised its option on ace Chris Sale.

Eovaldi delivered back-to-back flawless eighth innings in both Game 1 and 2 at Fenway Park to help Boston take a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles.

If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain.

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