Last night, a day after the top starting pitcher in Patrick Corbin came off the market, rumors started to appear that the Red Sox were getting closer to a deal with Nathan Eovaldi. It’s been known pretty much since the postseason ended that the righty was their top target, and we know that Dave Dombrowski typically gets his guy. Well, now it’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal, Eovaldi and the Red Sox have agreed on a new deal, pending a physical.
Free-agent RHP Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with #RedSox, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
The exact terms of the deal are not yet known as of this writing, but Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday that it would be a four-year deal worth around $17 million per year. Obviously, we’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the deal.
There’s a lot to unpack here, including but not limited to the impact this deal has on the roster, the rest of the offseason and he payroll now and in the future. We’ll have that analysis on the deal and more later in the day.
For now, though, we celebrate. Eovaldi endeared himself to the Boston fan base with his heroic postseason performances, and simply as a fan it would have been hard to see him in another uniform. At the end of the day the Red Sox won 108 games last year and the World Series (in case you forgot). Bringing the band back together for another run is far from the worst strategy on the field, and incredibly fun for those off of it. We’re glad to have you back, Nate.
Update: The terms are in.
According to a source, Eovaldi’s deal is four years and $67.5 million.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 6, 2018