December 6, 2018

Red Sox & Nathan Eovaldi Agree On Four-Year Contract

Nathan Eovaldi has agreed on a four-year contract with the Red Sox, worth $67.5 million. Boston was aggressive in bringing Eovaldi - who will turn 29 next February - back for 2019 and beyond. The deal will not be official until the right-hander passes a physical.

Eovaldi did not attend the premier of the Red Sox 2018 World Series highlight video, but he received the loudest cheers. His six innings of relief in Game 3 of the World Series - at 18 innings and seven hours, the longest postseason game of all-time - is one of the most enduring memories from last year's championship. Manager Alex Cora: "Nobody's going to remember who won that game. Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi. That was the moment. When I went home I was like, 'This is it. Now we go.'"

David Price likes this news. ... A healthy Eovaldi at just under $17 per? What's not to like? It's good to also know he can fill in as closer, in necessary.

Chad Jennings (The Athletic) explains why Dave Dombrowski jumped into Free-Agent-Assassin mode: "While the most glaring hole is in the bullpen ... there are plenty of relief options to sort through. Relievers should be easy to find down the road. The rotation market could run dry quickly."

Jon Heyman, FanCred: "Happ is Yankees' next pitching target. They didn't want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway." ... HA!
Most WAR Since 2013 (Position Players)
Mike Trout        -  53.3
Josh Donaldson    -  37.3
Paul Goldschmidt  -  36.3
Mookie Betts      -  35.2
Trout is on another planet, but please note that Mookie played 0 games in the majors in 2013 and only 54 in 2014. And he missed 26 games last season.

WAR Per 162 Games, Since 2013
Trout        -  9.75
Betts        -  8.85
Donaldson    -  7.61
Goldschmidt  -  6.60


FenFan said...

Trout needs another two years to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, but he is as close to a shoo-in as anyone right now. He has two years left on his contract at $34.1M per year with the Angels, and I'm curious as to whether they are going to try to extend that sooner than later. What Harper eventually gets may determine that.

Jere said...

Cafardo saying how "ya gotta give the team credit" for signing him, as if we're in some kind of funk where nothing goes right! "Hey, I'll hand it to 'em on THIS one.... "

Was at the premiere, can confirm lots and lots of noise for Nate.