Nathan Eovaldi agrees to $68 million, 4-year deal with Red Sox

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He made 10 starts for the Rays before being acquired by the Red Sox in a trade last season, and he posted a 3.81 ERA in 111 total innings in 2018. 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. Eovaldi helped propel the Red Sox past their AL East rivals, New York Yankees including an 8-inning shut out gem, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4. He entered Game 3 in the 12th inning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings, preventing the bullpen from enduring additional stress. The team's decision to bring Nathan Eovaldi back into the fold should solidify Alex Cora's starting pitching for the 2019 season. In a sense, front offices now have to construct two different teams: one that can win a division over the long 162-game season and one that can win the postseason.

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Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez.

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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. Eovaldi's new deal pays $17 million annually. He had his best season in 2018, however, returning in late May after missing all of 2017 after surgery in August of 2016, then dramatically increased his stock with a huge performance in the postseason. 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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If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.

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