Nathan Eovaldi is staying with the Boston Red Sox, agreeing to a $68 million, four-year contract.
A 28-year-old right-hander who has undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries, Eovaldi was acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay on July 25. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat 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. He became a free agent after the World Series.
Braves hire Kranitz: The Atlanta Braves have hired pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who served in the same role for NL East rival Philadelphia last season.
Kranitz, 60, replaces Chuck Hernandez, who was not retained following Atlanta’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kranitz was Milwaukee’s pitching coach from 2011-’15.