Eo­valdi agrees to $68 mil­lion, 4-year deal with Red Sox

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer

BOS­TON (AP) >> 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 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’s new deal pays $17 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

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, left-han­der Drew Pomer­anz, righthander Joe Kelly and sec­ond base­men Bran­don Phillips and Ian Kinsler.


FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Bos­ton Red Sox start­ing pitcher Nathan Eo­valdi throws against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers dur­ing the 12th in­ning in Game 3 of the World Se­ries base­ball game in Los An­ge­les.

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