Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Negotiations between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi ‘intensifying’

Negotiations between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi ‘intensifying’

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal that will keep one of the biggest heroes of their 2018 postseason run with the team for years to come.

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that negotiations between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying".

Eovaldi's contract is worth $68million over four years, the Red Sox announced on Thursday. If Ian Kinsler doesn't make a throwing error in the bottom of the 13th, the Red Sox win the game and Eovaldi gets the W. He 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) in the regular season for Boston, before putting forth a tremendous performance in the playoffs. Eovaldi worked both as a starter and a high-leverage, multi-inning reliever in October, regularly pumping triple-digit fastballs as he became one of manager Alex Cora's most trusted playoff weapons.

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While Nathan Eovladi does provide depth in the starting rotation, here are three other ways his re-signing impacts the 2019 Boston Red Sox. 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. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season. Eovaldi looks to slot alongside Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, to once again form a scary rotation and one of the tops in baseball.

As for the specific Yankees free agency plans, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has the scoop on who the team is going after next. He was let go by NY after the season and signed with Tampa Bay, a deal that guaranteed $2 million in 2017 and included a $2 million option for 2018.

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