Eovaldi agrees to $68 million, 4-year deal with Red Sox
Dec 08 2018
He 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) in the regular season for Boston, before putting forth a tremendous performance in the playoffs. "His performance in the postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever".
Eovaldi's return secures the top of the rotation for the Red Sox, who have Chris Sale under contract for one more year at $15 million, and David Price who declined an opt-out to remain with the team for the next four years for $127 million. Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS. He pitched six innings of relief before giving up the decisive solo home run to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy in the 18th inning.
Eovaldi is still on the right side of 30 years old, but banking on him to stay healthy over the course of a four-year deal is certainly a gamble. They weren't going to head into the 2019 campaign with Drew Pomeranz as a projected member of their rotation. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season.
In a ideal world, Boston could have gotten Eovaldi on a cheaper, or shorter deal, but that's not where the market for starting pitching is right now.
Those numbers, of course, include the yeomen's work Eovaldi did against NY during the American League Division Series.
The Yankees spent a king's ransom last season to acquire NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.