Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Red Sox Overpay for Nathan Eovaldi Will Be Completely Worthwhile

Red Sox Overpay for Nathan Eovaldi Will Be Completely Worthwhile

The Boston Red Sox appear to be closing in on a key contributor to the 2018 World Series.

Following comes from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Eovaldi worked both as a starter and a high-leverage, multi-inning reliever in October, regularly pumping triple-digit fastballs as he became one of manager Alex Cora's most trusted playoff weapons.

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Given his history with Tommy John surgery, a couple teams were reportedly reluctant to go after Eovaldi.

In six postseason appearances, including two starts, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, a.185 opponent's batting average, 16 strikeouts, and three walks. Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS. He entered Game 3 in the 12th inning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings, preventing the bullpen from enduring additional stress.

"What Nate did [in Game 3], that was awesome", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Eovaldi's Game 3 late-night loss.

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Price posted a picture of he and Eovaldi together at the duck boat parade celebrating Boston's World Series championship. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.

Eovaldi delivered back-to-back ideal eighth innings in both Game 1 and 2 at Fenway Park to help Boston take a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles.

"I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did", Rick Porcello said.

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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.

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