Boston Red Sox to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi

Recent reports have indicated that Nathan Eovaldi is resigning with the Boston Red Sox on a lucrative deal.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Boston Red Sox have reached a deal to bring back righty Nathan Eovaldi. At this point in time, no terms have been officially announced, though it is widely speculated that the contract will be of the four-year variety and will be hovering in the range of $17 million per year.

Previously, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported that they were moving “toward a deal”, while Ian Browne of MLB.com also added that a rival executive informed him that the Red Sox were far and away the most likely suitor for Eovaldi’s service.

One of the most revered free-agents this winter, Eovaldi pitched to a great 3.81 ERA this season in 111.0 innings, striking out 101 and walking just 20 while picking up six wins in 21 starts. However, it wasn’t really until the postseason that he turned it all the way up.

In 22.1 postseason innings for the Sox, he pitched to an unreal 1.61 ERA, striking out 16 and allowing just one earned run and boasting a WHIP of 0.500. With two starts and six appearances overall, he was easily one of the most valuable arms in this year’s championship run.

While the contract, as it is currently reported, seems a bit steep and risky, the market may be trending in that direction. With other free agent giants like Patrick Corbin off the board this early in the game, the demand could quickly grow for the services of other free agent starters.

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Regardless, the full details of the reported deal should begin to reveal themselves shortly, at which point it’ll be far easier to assess the true value and risk of the contract.