Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox Reportedly Agree to 4-Year Contract in Free Agency


Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Starting pitcherNathan Eovaldiagreed to a deal to return to theBoston Red Soxon Thursday pending a physical, according toKen Rosenthalof The Athletic.  

Chris Cotilloof MassLive.com added that Eovaldi is expected to sign a four-year contract.Mark FeinsandofMLB.com reported the contract is worth $67.5 million.

Eovaldi is coming off one of his best MLB seasons and a playoff run to remember with Boston.

In 22 appearances (21 starts) split between theTampa Bay Raysand Red Sox, the 28-year-old righty went 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 111 innings.

His stint in Boston was especially good with a 3-3 mark, 3.33 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched.

In what was his postseason debut, Eovaldi was dominant over six appearances, including two starts.

All told, he went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 22.1 innings en route to the Red Sox winning their fourth World Series title since 2004.

It marked an incredible comeback for Eovaldi, who missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Prior to his magical run with the Red Sox, Eovaldi was something of a journeyman throughout his MLB career.

He began as a member of theLos Angeles Dodgersin 2011 before getting traded to theMiami Marlinsin 2012.

Eovaldi was then traded to theNew York Yankeesprior to the 2015 season, and while he did go 14-3 in his first season with the Bronx Bombers, he only had an ERA of 4.20 and struggled to reach his lofty potential.

The Rays took a chance by signing him despite his need for Tommy John surgery, and it paid off since they were able to ship him to Boston in exchange for promising pitcher Jalen Beeks.

Eovaldi finally hit his stride after the trade to Boston, and all the pieces may now be in place for him to enjoy the best season of his career.

The Red Sox are taking a risk by signing Eovaldi for four years due to his history of inconsistency, but given his blazing fastball and the confidence he gained from winning the World Series, he may prove to be one of the best signings of the offseason.

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