The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in Boston and they have done exactly that.
Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.16 ERA in 156 major league appearances (148 starts) for the Dodgers (2011-12), Miami Marlins (2012-14), New York Yankees (2015-16), Rays (2018) and Red Sox (2018). Fancred's Jon Heyman backs up Murray's report, adding that he heard the current asking price is four years at $17 million per year.
Eovaldi has extensive experience pitching in the AL East.
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Given his history with Tommy John surgery, a couple teams were reportedly reluctant to go after Eovaldi.
"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement as the deal was announced Thursday. 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. Manager Alex Cora credited Eovaldi's effort with being one of the catalysts that helped Boston win its fourth World Series title in 15 years. He owns a 10-5 record with a 3.70 career ERA in 26 appearances. His lone loss may have been his best outing, as he pitched six innings of relief in Boston's 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series in Los Angeles.
The hard-throwing, 28-year-old righty made a name for himself during the team's playoff run with his heart and intensity. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season.