Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
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Eovaldi signs four-year, $68m deal with Red Sox

Eovaldi signs four-year, $68m deal with Red Sox

Talks between the Red Sox and free-agent righty Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying", Robert Murray of The Athletic reports (via Twitter).

That's why the Red Sox were ultimately forced to pony up a four-year, $67.5 million contract for the talented righty.

In four career regular-season starts against the Yankees, Eovaldi is just 1-1 but has an impressive 1.93 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings, allowing just 14 hits in those starts. They didn't want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway.

"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a news release. In both the ALDS and ALCS, he started Game 3 of a tied series and pitched well, allowing one run in seven innings against the Yankees and two runs in six innings against the Astros.

Boston's starting rotation looks to be set after locking-up Eovaldi long-term, but questions remain in the bullpen.

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 would join a rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez, giving manager Alex Cora maybe the best group of five in the majors right now (especially if Cleveland trades Kluber or Trevor Bauer). 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.

Boston earlier reached a $6.25 million, one-year contract with first baseman Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.

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