SON OF A PITCH!

Pos­si­ble Yankee tar­gets Eo­valdi, Car­rasco de­cide to stay put

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY SCOTT CHIUSANO

Two more Yan­kees pitch­ing tar­gets are out of reach.

The Red Sox are hang­ing onto Nathan Eo­valdi and Car­los Car­rasco is re­turn­ing to the In­di­ans, so you can cross both start­ing pitch­ers off GM Brian Cashman's off­sea­son wish list.

The Red Sox reached an agree­ment Thurs­day to bring Eo­valdi back to Bos­ton, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from The Ath­letic.

The deal is pend­ing Eo­valdi pass­ing a phys­i­cal, per the re­port. MLB.com re­ported the deal at four years, $67.5 mil­lion.

Eo­valdi, who spent two sea­sons in the Bronx, joined Bos­ton after a July deal with the Rays and then helped pitch the Red Sox to a World Se­ries ti­tle.

De­spite an in­jury his­tory that in­cludes two Tommy John surg­eries and a torn flexor ten­don, Eo­valdi be­came a hot free-agent com­mod­ity thanks in large part to his three strong post­sea­son starts for the Red Sox. He al­lowed one run on five hits over seven in­nings dur­ing Bos­ton's epic 16-1 de­struc­tion of the Yan­kees at the Sta­dium in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Eo­valdi also turned in a heroic ef­fort in Game 3 of the World Se­ries when he threw 97 pitches over six re­lief in­nings as the Red Sox and Dodgers bat­tled in the long­est game in Fall Clas­sic his­tory. Eo­valdi even­tu­ally gave up the gamewin­ning homer in the 18th, but his ef­fort was the talk of base­ball.

In his first taste of the post­sea­son, Eo­valdi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA with 16 strike­outs in 22.1 in­nings of work.

The 28-year-old, who has a ca­reer 44-53 record with a 4.16 ERA, went 23-11 over two sea­sons with the Yan­kees. He was re­leased by the Yan­kees fol­low­ing the 2016 sea­son after his sec­ond Tommy John surgery in Au­gust of that year.

Car­rasco's ca­reer has also taken some dra­matic turns, re-routed by el­bow surgery, a ther­a­peu­tic trip to the bullpen and sev­eral freak­ish in­juries. He per­se­vered, blos­som­ing into a spe­cial pitcher — and per­son — for the Cleve­land In­di­ans.

They're go­ing to keep him around.

The three-time AL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons and Car­rasco agreed Thurs­day to a $47 mil­lion, four-year con­tract, a deal that in­cludes $37.25 mil­lion in new guar­an­teed money and could keep him in a Cleve­land uni­form through the 2023 sea­son.

Car­rasco, who has won 35 games over the past two sea­sons, will make $9.75 mil­lion next sea­son, the same as his prior deal, and $10.25 mil­lion in 2020 — the same amount as the club's pre­vi­ous op­tion for that sea­son. The In­di­ans added on two more sea­sons at $12 mil­lion each, and Cleve­land holds a 2023 op­tion for $14 mil­lion with a $3 mil­lion buy­out.

Even with Eo­valdi and Car­rasco off the mar­ket, Cashman will con­tinue to be ag­gres­sive after mak­ing it clear his top pri­or­ity this hot-stove sea­son is to bol­ster the Yan­kees start­ing ro­ta­tion with mul­ti­ple pitch­ers. He nabbed one with a Novem­ber trade for Mariners ace James Pax­ton in a deal that in­cluded the Yan­kees top-pitch­ing prospect Jus­tus Sh­effield.

But the Bombers missed out on Pa­trick Corbin when the lefty agreed to a six-year, $140 mil­lion deal with the Na­tion­als.

The Yan­kees are now look­ing at a freeagent group that in­cludes J.A. Happ and Dal­las Keuchel. It is also be­lieved that In­di­ans starters Corey Klu­ber and Trevor Bauer could be avail­able in a trade as Cleve­land looks to shed salary.

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