Nathan Eovaldi's marathon relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series is a moment that will resonate in Red Sox history. Fancred's Jon Heyman backs up Murray's report, adding that he heard the current asking price is four years at $17 million per year. "He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series". 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.
Eovaldi will pitch the 2019 season as a 29-year-old and will spend a healthy chunk of his prime calling Fenway Park home. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. In those innings, he recorded a 3.33 ERA with 8.0 K per 9 innings.
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. Eovaldi has only twice in his seven-year career crossed the 25-start threshold.
"I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did", Rick Porcello said. Eovaldi's 111 innings represented a limited workload after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.
Eovaldi delivered back-to-back flawless eighth innings in both Game 1 and 2 at Fenway Park to help Boston take a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles.
Multiple teams were reportedly interested in signing Eovaldi but according to MLB.com, the Red Sox may be the only team in on him at this point.
Boston earlier reached a $6.25 million, one-year contract with first baseman Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP.