Contract talks between the Boston Red Sox and free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi are 'intensifying, ' according to Robert Murray of The Athletic. "Now it's like, 'Hey, we won the World Series". If he can give them that kind of regular season production combined with a good playoff performance, he'll easily justify the $17 million plus he'll make next year.
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. He worked to a 1.61 earned-run average in six postseason appearances as Boston captured its fourth championship this century.
"What Nate did [in Game 3], that was incredible", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Eovaldi's Game 3 late-night loss.
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.
"I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did", Rick Porcello said. His strikeouts-per-nine - 8.2 - was a career best. World Series MVP Steve Pearce has already re-signed; Game 5 victor David Price opted in to the last four years of the contract he signed before the 2016 season; the team exercised its option on ace Chris Sale. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016. That is the flawless time to let the pitcher go as he will be on the decline after that. We all are! Price may have another reason to be celebrating Eovaldi's return though.