Red Sox re­ward Eo­valdi with $68M deal

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD -

BOS­TON — Nathan Eo­valdi’s marathon re­lief per­for­mance in Game 3 of the World Se­ries is a mo­ment that will res­onate in Red Sox his­tory.

Bos­ton re­warded him with a four-year, $68 mil­lion con­tract.

“We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us,” Red Sox pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Dave Dom­browski said in a state­ment as the deal was an­nounced Thurs­day. “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, a 28-year-old righthander from Alvin who has had a pair of Tommy John surg­eries, was ac­quired by Bos­ton from Tampa Bay on July 25. He went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA down the stretch. He made four starts against the Yan­kees, go­ing 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat the New York in Game 3 of the AL Divi­sion Se­ries, when he gave up one run in seven in­nings.

In six post­sea­son ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing two starts, Eo­valdi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, a .185 op­po­nent’s bat­ting av­er­age, 16 strike­outs, and three walks Eo­valdi pitched one in­ning of re­lief in each of the first two games of the World Se­ries against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. He en­tered Game 3 in the 12th in­ning and threw 97 pitches over six-plus in­nings, pre­vent­ing the bullpen from en­dur­ing ad­di­tional stress.

Bos­ton lost the game when Eo­valdi sur­ren­dered an 18th-in­ning home run to Max Muncy, but his per­for­mance in­spired his team­mates. Man­ager Alex Cora cred­ited Eo­valdi’s ef­fort with be­ing one of the cat­a­lysts that helped Bos­ton win its fourth World Se­ries ti­tle in 15 years.

At the pre­miere of the Red Sox’s 2018 sea­son high­light video, Eo­valdi got the big­gest cheers when his name was men­tioned, with the crowd chant­ing “Bring him back!”

In other MLB news:

• The Cleve­land In­di­ans signed righthanded starter Car­los Car­rasco toa four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2022 sea­son. Car­rasco’s deal in­cludes a club op­tion for 2023. Fi­nan­cial terms were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Car­rasco went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last sea­son for the AL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons. He fin­ished with a ca­reer­high 231 strike­outs as the In­di­ans be­came the first team to have four pitch­ers reach 200 strike­outs in the same sea­son. Car­rasco is 79-62 with a 3.71 ERA in 207 ca­reer games. The In­di­ans ac­quired him from Philadel­phia in the July 2009 block­buster that in­volved ace Cliff Lee. Sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop and the Min­nesota Twins agreed to a one-year, $7.5 mil­lion con­tract. Schoop’s deal would al­low him to earn a $100,000 per­for­mance bonus for reach­ing 600 plate ap­pear­ances, plus ad­di­tional award bonuses. He was an All­Star with Bal­ti­more in 2017 when he hit .293 with 32 home runs with 105 RBIs, all ca­reer highs. Schoop was traded to Mil­wau­kee last sum­mer right be­fore the non­waiver dead­line and be­came a free agent last week, when the Brew­ers de­clined to of­fer him a 2019 con­tract rather than al­low him to be el­i­gi­ble for salary ar­bi­tra­tion. Schoop made $8.5 mil­lion in 2018.

The Philadel­phia Phillies ac­quired left­handed pitcher Jose Al­varez from the Los An­ge­les An­gels for righthander Luis Gar­cia. Al­varez was 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA and one save in 76 ap­pear­ances in 2018, strik­ing out 59 in 63 in­nings. Gar­cia went 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 59 games last sea­son af­ter post­ing a ca­reer-best 2.65 ERA in 711⁄3 in­nings in 2017.

• Closer Bran­don Mor­row likely will miss the start of the sea­son for the Chicago Cubs af­ter un­der­go­ing arthro­scopic surgery on his right el­bow last month. Mor­row led Chicago with 22 saves and had a 1.47 ERA in 35 games af­ter sign­ing a two-year, $21 mil­lion con­tract as a free agent. His fi­nal ap­pear­ance was July 15, with the Cubs ul­ti­mately shut­ting him down be­cause of a bone bruise in his right el­bow.

Brett Coomer / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Bos­ton pitcher Nathan Eo­valdi, who is from Alvin, re­ceived a four-year, $68 mil­lion con­tract as a re­ward for his per­for­mance in the 2018 post­sea­son.

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