Red Sox RHP Eovaldi signs four-year deal


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

Eovaldi, 29 in February, has also been tied to the Astros and Yankees in recent days, returned from Tommy John surgery in 2018 and delivered 111 regular-season innings of 3.81 ERA ball with 8.2 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9. Eovaldi tallied a miniscule 1.61 ERA in 22.1 playoff innings while appearing both as a starter and in relief. Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Eovaldi has extensive experience pitching in the AL East.

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Boston lost the game when Eovaldi surrendered an 18th-inning home run to Max Muncy, but his performance inspired his teammates. 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). They weren't going to head into the 2019 campaign with Drew Pomeranz as a projected member of their rotation. The 28-year-old came up clutch in all three rounds for Boston pitching some gems against two of his former teams in the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston earlier reached a $6.25 million, one-year contract with first baseman Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP.

It's not hard to find reason for caution with Nathan Eovaldi's new contract with the Boston Red Sox. He had arthroscopic surgery late in spring training to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow and did not make his season debut until May 30 - his first major league game since August 10, 2016.