Negotiations Between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi Reportedly "Intensifying"

Nathan Eovaldi

Nathan Eovaldi The Canadian Press

Nathan Eovaldi got his start in the Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but over the next seven years he bounced around as a piece in trades for bigger names like Hanley Ramirez and Martin Prado.

Nathan Eovaldi's marathon relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series is a moment that will resonate in Red Sox history.

In the clubhouse after the loss, his Red Sox teammates gave him a standing ovation in appreciation of his effort.

The 28-year-old right-hander posted a 3.33 ERA in 12 regular-season appearances (11 starts) after arriving in a July 25 trade with Tampa Bay. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season. Eovaldi's new deal pays $17 million annually. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings.

Terms of the deal weren't divulged, but multiple reports peg the deal to be worth $68 million.

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He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016. After all, out of those 140 pitchers, Eovaldi was just middle of the pack - 67th - in strikeout rate.

"Nobody's going to remember who won that game". He became a free agent after the World Series. For now, Eovaldi still has more value as a starter. Maybe that's why the Red Sox will get those World Series rings while the Yankees and Dodgers didn't.

The Red Sox entered the offseason with one hole in their starting rotation and now it's filled.

The Yankees now sit at about $164 million.

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