World Series hero Eovaldi staying with Red Sox (4 years, $68 million)

Ross Houston
December 8, 2018

He went from LA to the Miami Marlins to the Yankees, then he signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017 and then was traded to the Red Sox midway through last season as the team was looking to solidify their rotation in hopes of a title. "His performance in the postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever". Eovaldi gets paid and the Red Sox secure their pitching depth. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat the NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings. 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 entered Game 3 in the 12th inning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings, preventing the bullpen from enduring additional stress.

Nathan Eovaldi got his start in the Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but over the next seven years he bounced around as a piece in trades for bigger names like Hanley Ramirez and Martin Prado. They weren't going to head into the 2019 campaign with Drew Pomeranz as a projected member of their rotation.

Eovaldi had Tommy John surgery in 2007 when he was a junior in high school and his second in August 2016 while with the Yankees. Eovaldi's new deal pays $17 million annually. He became a free agent after the World Series. He spent two seasons with the Yankees 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.

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