Nasty Nate to stay

Eo­valdi agrees to $68 mil­lion deal with Bos­ton

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

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 $68 mil­lion, fouryear 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 righthander 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 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!”

“No­body’s go­ing to re­mem­ber who won that

game. Every­body’s go­ing to re­mem­ber Nate Eo­valdi,” Cora said.

Eo­valdi is part of a pro­jected start­ing ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Por­cello and

Ed­uardo Ro­driguez.

Eo­valdi had Tommy John surgery in 2007 when he was a ju­nior in high school and his se­cond in Au­gust 2016 while with the Yan­kees. He was let go by New York af­ter the sea­son and signed with Tampa Bay, a deal that guar­an­teed $2 mil­lion in 2017 and in­cluded

a $2 mil­lion op­tion for 2018. He had arthro­scopic surgery late in spring train­ing to re­move loose bod­ies in his pitch­ing el­bow and did not make his sea­son de­but un­til May 30 — his first ma­jor league game since Aug. 10, 2016.

Bos­ton ear­lier reached a $6.25 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with first base­man Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP. Re­main­ing un­signed play­ers who be­came free agents af­ter win­ning the Series in­clude closer Craig Kim­brel, left­hander Drew Pomer­anz, right-han­der Joe Kelly and se­cond base­men Bran­don Phillips and Ian Kinsler.

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Nathan Eo­valdi has agreed to a four-year deal with the Red Sox.

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