The Boston Red Sox and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who was an integral part of the Red Sox’s epic run to a 2018 World Series title is one of the most coveted arms on the open market, but it appears the Red Sox are doing their part to ensure he stays in Boston.
Talks between Eovaldi’s camp and the Boston Red Sox are reportedly “intensifying,” per Robert Murray of The Athletic to the point where Jon Heyman, of FanCred Sports, noted on Twitter that he’s heard Eovaldi could land a four-year deal worth upward of $68 million.
The Red Sox acquired Eovaldi in a mid-season trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Eovaldi, 28, impressed in the regular season and then really turned things up in the playoffs, compiling a 2-1 record with a 1.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 22 1/3 total innings. The Red Sox already have made one notable mark on free agency by re-signing 2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce and Eovaldi would be another huge off-season splash.
#RedSox negotiations with Nathan Eovaldi intensifying, sources tell The Athletic.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 5, 2018
hearing Eovaldi, Red Sox talks are getting serious, as @ByRobertMurray said. talk heard was for four years at close to 17M a year.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2018
An executive from a club believed to be in on Nathan Eovaldi said he has heard Boston is closing in on a deal, adding that in his eyes, “the market is really just the Red Sox at this point.”
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018