The San Diego Padres may have wanted Nathan Eovaldi back. But he’s returning to the team that just won a World Series. This morning, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news.
Free-agent RHP Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with #RedSox, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
Wednesday afternoon, Fancred’s Jon Heyman confirmed that talks were heating up. And, terms were in the range of $17-million per year.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com would confirm this morning the price: $67.5 million. Or in other words, just under $17 million per season.
According to a source, Eovaldi’s deal is four years and $67.5 million.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018
After years of injuries, Eovaldi has his security. Plus, he plays for a team that should be right back in the championship picture next season. Not to mention, the 28-year-old is coming off the best season of his career. Across 111 innings between the Rays and Red Sox, Eovaldi put up a 3.81 ERA, 3.63 FIP and 3.23 DRA while walking just 4.4% of opposing batters.
With the Red Sox specifically, though, he put together a 3.33 ERA, 2.91 FIP and 3.28 DRA down the stretch. Then came the postseason, where he shined the brightest. Over 22.1 playoff innings, he put up a 1.61 ERA while striking out 16 batters and walking only three. In eight World Series innings, he gave up only two runs (one earned) while limiting the Dodgers to a .111 batting average against him.