Nathan Eovaldi agrees to deal to remain with Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi agrees to deal to remain with Red Sox

Eovaldi's versatility was on display as he made four relief appearances following those two starts.

The one loss he suffered came at the end of an 18-inning marathon in the World Series. If he can give them that kind of regular season production combined with a good playoff performance, he'll easily justify the $17 million plus he'll make next year.

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.

Boston's starting rotation looks to be set after locking-up Eovaldi long-term, but questions remain in the bullpen. Eovaldi gets paid and the Red Sox secure their pitching depth.

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Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.16 ERA in 156 major league appearances (148 starts) for the Dodgers (2011-12), Miami Marlins (2012-14), New York Yankees (2015-16), Rays (2018) and Red Sox (2018).

Those numbers, of course, include the yeomen's work Eovaldi did against NY during the American League Division Series.

After falling short to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, the New York Yankees seek to regroup in free agency from their failed World Series bid. He averaged 8.19 strikeouts per nine innings, up from his career mark of 6.78. Eovaldi isn't the sort of player you can comfortably forecast to eat up 200 innings per season. That is the flawless time to let the pitcher go as he will be on the decline after that.

Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. According to Cot's Contracts, the Red Sox are already approaching $237 million in salary for the coming season when adding projected arbitration awards.

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