Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi Appear To Be Closing In On Deal

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Right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a contract to remain with the Red Sox, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

In a ideal world, Boston could have gotten Eovaldi on a cheaper, or shorter deal, but that's not where the market for starting pitching is right now. 2018 was his first year in the playoffs. 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's best work undoubtedly came in a marathon loss in Game 3 of the World Series, which saw him throw six innings of three-hit ball with the Sox having nearly no other option out of their bullpen. Not only does he give Price someone to play the game with on road trips, Eovaldi's apparent lack of Fortnite skills may make him an easy target.

Things have recently heated up between the Red Sox's and the starting pitcher.

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The team's decision to bring Nathan Eovaldi back into the fold should solidify Alex Cora's starting pitching for the 2019 season.

Eovaldi was victorious in both of his playoff starts, winning a pair of Game 3s against NY in the American League Division Series and Houston in the A.L. Championship Series. The flamethrowing righty was particularly impressive with the Red Sox, for whom he pitched to a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings to close out the season before dazzling with a 1.61 ERA in 22 1/3 postseason frames.

Passing a team physical Thursday evening was the final hurdle for Eovaldi, who averaged a career-best 97.2 miles per hour on his fastball last season. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016. He also threw a cut-fastball 32 percent of the time, a career high in his second season using the pitch.