It's not hard to find reason for caution with Nathan Eovaldi's new contract with the Boston Red Sox. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was cheerfully heckled with shouts of "Bring him back!" In Game 3 of the World Series, after pitching an inning in each of the first two games, Eovaldi entered in the 12th inning and did not leave until Max Muncy's walk-off home run in the 18th.
A 28-year-old right-hander who has had a pair of Tommy John surgeries, Eovaldi was acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay on July 25. Eovaldi was aces for the Red Sox in the postseason, tossing 22 1/3 innings of 1.61 ERA ball, including a sterling six-inning relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers, a game that lasted 18 innings.
He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016.More news: India uncertain about Aussie sledging ahead of first Test
"I saw him this morning and he was telling people he's ready to go", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. He missed the 2017 season while recovering from surgery and returned in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and also with a fastball that neared 100 miles per hour. 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. Given Boston's uncertainty beyond the top three in the rotation - Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Wright and Brian Johnson are among the options for the final two spots - it seems logical to expect that Eovaldi's high-octane arm would serve to deepen the starting staff.
The Red Sox signed Eovaldi to a four-year, $68 million deal on Thursday, ensuring the postseason hero would remain with the club for the foreseeable future.
Eovaldi's most recent contracts were one-year deals worth $2 million per year.