The Red Sox officially announced Nathan Eovaldi's four-year contract on Thursday night, welcoming back into the fold their most unlikely postseason hero. In line with Murray's report, Fancred's Jon Heyman has reported that talks between Eovaldi and the Red Sox are centered around a four-year deal worth nearly $17 million per season.
"He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
Eovaldi will pitch the 2019 season as a 29-year-old and will spend a healthy chunk of his prime calling Fenway Park home.
Ever since being acquired by Boston at the trade deadline, Eovaldi has been very good for the team, as he pitched to a solid 3.33 ERA during the regular season, completely revitalizing himself in the postseason.
And while all of that was fine, his real value - and push into free agency - came in October, when over six appearances (two starts) he was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA.
Nathan Eovaldi represents Boston's latest returning piece from the 2018 champions. He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery. Given the fact that Red Sox ace Chris Sale wasn't 100 percent, Eovaldi's performance as both a starter and bullpen arm was a major factor in the team winning their ninth World Series championship. "Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi", Cora said.
It's probably still a little early to declare Eovaldi a "Yankee killer" just yet, but if he can spend the next four years building on these gaudy stats, there will be no denying his place in the storied rivalry.
If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain.