Eo­valdi, Red Sox agree to four years and $67.5 mil­lion

The Niagara Falls Review - - Sports - GABE LACQUES USA To­day Sports

The Bos­ton Red Sox brought back their World Se­ries MVP a few weeks ago, but the most valu­able re­ten­tion of their off-sea­son un­folded Thurs­day.

Nathan Eo­valdi was the guy Bos­ton could not af­ford to lose, and the Amer­i­can League base­ball club acted quickly to en­sure his 100-m.p.h. fast­ball isn’t go­ing any­where.

Eo­valdi and the Red Sox reached agree­ment on a new con­tract, The Ath­letic re­ported. Terms were not avail­able, though MLB.com re­ported that the deal was for four years and $67.5 mil­lion.

And, in lock­ing up Eo­valdi, the Red Sox pro­tected them­selves against some sig­nif­i­cant churn in their pitch­ing staff.

Staff ace Chris Sale and 2016 Cy Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello are free agents af­ter ’19. Closer Craig Kim­brel and setup man Joe Kelly are al­ready on the mar­ket this year.

That’s a lot of fire­power to po­ten­tially kiss off over two win­ters. So in a world where ve­loc­ity wins, bring­ing Eo­valdi back was cru­cial.

He showed just how valu­able he could be down the stretch and in the post-sea­son, serv­ing as a starter, a late-in­nings fire­man and, in an epic Game 3 of the World Se­ries, a staff-sav­ing im­mov­able force.

Eo­valdi held the Los An­ge­les Dodgers score­less over six in­nings in re­lief, si­mul­ta­ne­ously keep­ing the Red Sox in the game while tax­ing their op­po­nent’s bullpen. He even­tu­ally gave up an 18th-in­ning home run.

Nathan Eo­valdi

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