Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's Official! Sox Sign Fan Folk Hero Nathan Eovaldi To 4-Year, $67.5M Deal

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It almost seemed like a foregone conclusion after the Yankees lost out on Patrick Corbin. The Red Sox signed their gallant World Series hero, Nathan Eovaldi, to a four-year, $67.5 million deal. The deal is contingent upon a physical—Eovaldi has had two Tommy John surgeries. Of course, his performance last season for Boston—particularly in the post-season—seems to set to rest any major medical concerns. The Red Sox rotation now sets up to be: Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez—a pretty darned impressive line-up. Assuming he is healthy, knuckle-baller Steven Wright would be a back-up sixth option if injuries arises among the top five. The one remaining hole to be filled on the 2019 team (other than a possible insurance signing at second base for Dustin Pedroia) is a closer. Boston appears to be still in on Craig Kimbrel—assuming the term comes down from the ridiculous starting offer of six years. Eovaldi could also serve as "closer insurance" if an alternate route to Kimbrel is taken that doesn't work out. Stay tuned!