Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi Appear To Be Closing In On Deal

Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi Appear To Be Closing In On Deal

Eovaldi's best work undoubtedly came in a marathon loss in Game 3 of the World Series, which saw him throw six innings of three-hit ball with the Sox having nearly no other option out of their bullpen.

Nathan Eovaldi cemented himself among postseason greats in Boston Red Sox history following his stellar playoff run through the World Series victory. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings.

Eovaldi was acquired for left-hander Jalen Beeks in a July trade and pitched to a 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances.

Heyman also noted that the Yankees were not interested in giving Nathan Eovaldi a deal longer than three years, which left them out of the running for the Red Sox pitcher.

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. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season.

Eovaldi has played for five teams in his career.

Eovaldi's return should set the club's starting rotation for 2019. 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. He agreed to terms on a deal with Boston earlier today. According to Cot's Contracts, the Red Sox are already approaching $237 million in salary for the coming season when adding projected arbitration awards.

The 28-year-old hit the market as perhaps the most intriguing pitching option after what was a downright incredible postseason as a starter and reliever, with a 2-1 record, 1.61 ERA, and 0.81 WHIP in 22.1 innings of work en route to a World Series title for the Red Sox.

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