SON OF A PITCH!
Possible Yankee targets Eovaldi, Carrasco decide to stay put
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.