EOVALDI AGREES TO FOUR-YEAR DEAL,

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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 $68 mil­lion, four-year 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.”

A 28-year-old right-han­der who has had a pair of Tommy John surg­eries, Eovaldi 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 New York in Game 3 of the Amer­i­can League 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 18thin­ning 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.

■ IN­DI­ANS: The Cleve­land In­di­ans have signed starter Carlos Car­rasco to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2022 sea­son.

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

The 31-year-old right-han­der went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last sea­son for the In­di­ans. He fin­ished with a ca­reer­high 231 strike­outs as Cleve­land be­came the first team to have four pitch­ers reach 200 strike­outs in the same 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.

■ CUBS: Chicago Cubs closer Bran­don Mor­row likely will miss the start of the sea­son fol­low­ing arthro­scopic surgery on his right el­bow last month.

Pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Theo Ep­stein says the op­er­a­tion took place Nov. 6.

Signed to a $21 mil­lion, two-year con­tract last De­cem­ber, Mor­row led the Cubs with 22 saves and had a 1.47 ERA in 35 games. He did not pitch af­ter July 15 be­cause of a bone bruise in his right el­bow.

Ep­stein says Mor­row still felt dis­com­fort, lead­ing to the de­ci­sion for surgery. Mor­row is ex­pected to start throw­ing in early Fe­bru­ary.

The Cubs also an­nounced Thurs­day they hired Tommy Hot­tovy as pitch­ing coach to re­place Jim Hickey.

AP file photo

Nathan Eovaldi agreed to a $68 mil­lion, four-year con­tract with the Bos­ton Red Sox, who he helped to a World Se­ries ti­tle in Oc­to­ber.

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