Everyone is pumped up about the news that Nathan Eovaldi has re-signed with the Boston Red Sox. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported a four-year deal worth $67.5 million. He joined the Red Sox in July after a trade with the Rays. He won both of his starts, beating the New York Yankees in the ALDS and the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
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. Eovaldi's 111 innings represented a limited workload after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.
The 36-year-old Happ has a career ERA of 3.90 with 1,357 strikeouts and a 109-82 record.
Eovaldi is one of the few free agents from the championship team, giving the 108-win AL East champions a chance to repeat with virtually the same roster.
According to multiple reports, the starting pitcher has reached a four-year deal with the Red Sox, two months after helping the franchise clinch their ninth World Series title.
Eovaldi was lauded by teammates for his selflessness. "Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi", Cora said. Eovaldi was slated to start Game 4 against the Dodgers but plans changed in a blink. We know the skills he brings to the mound. They may have lost that game but Eovaldi carrying a heavy workload kept the bullpen from burning out, ensuring the fallout from that extra-innings affair wouldn't cost them any more games in that series.
After stellar performances in 2018, and a heroic playoff run, Eovaldi was set to receive a big contract from suitors as he was seen as a top-5 starter in a shallow pitching market.