Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox agree to new contract in free agency


Nathan Eovaldi is back for more.

The right-hander's new contract became official late Thursday afternoon. Eovaldi will make $68 million over four years.

That's a very steep raise for a 28-year-old pitcher who made just $2 million in 2018.

“We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in the team's official press release. “He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series. His performance in the Postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever.”


Eovaldi greatly improved his stock after joining the Red Sox in July 2018 -- most notably for his October heroics. After posting a respectable 3.33 ERA in 12 games down the stretch for Boston, the hard-throwing right-hander stepped up big in the postseason, allowing just four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings as both a starter and a reliever.

Eovaldi's versatility and grit helped his free-agent market grow this offseason, as a handful of teams reportedly had interest in the veteran, including the rival New York Yankees.

With baseball's hot stove at an unusually high temperature, it appears Dave Dombrowski and Co. decided to strike while the iron was hot and bring Eovaldi back as a solid end-of-the-rotation piece.

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