Talks 'intensifying' between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

Nathan Eovaldi will not be their answer and will be their enemy, as the free-agent right-hander agreed to a deal with the Red Sox on Thursday morning pending a physical, The Athletic reported. In line with Murray's report, Fancred's Jon Heyman has reported that talks between Eovaldi and the Red Sox are centered around a four-year deal worth nearly $17 million per season.

The seven-year veteran was an integral part of Boston's pitching staff last postseason and dominated in postseason play.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale added that Eovaldi returning to the Red Sox has apparently been considered a foregone conclusion by some.

Eovaldi, who split the regular season between the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox, posted a 6-7 record and 3.81 ERA during the regular season.

If the Yankees don't aggressively pursue Eovaldi, he could still land a huge payday because as many as nine teams reportedly are interested in his services. He boasts a 4.16 career ERA and has struck out 640 batters in 850 innings. Closer Craig Kimbrel is reportedly seeking a six-year contract, and it's unclear whether the Red Sox will make a significant commitment to the seven-time All-Star.

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