Boston, MA - This particular off-season profile of a Boston Red Sox player who was crucial to the 2018 World Series run is going to be a fun one because of the excellent news that came out this morning, as reported by Ken Rosenthal, that the Red Sox officially re-signed Nathan Eovaldi, one of their top free agents and one of the best free agent pitchers on the market, pending a physical.
The deal is currently rumored to be for four years and worth sixty-seven and a half million dollars, but Boston has not yet confirmed these numbers. The deal is all but official, though, and it is reassuring to know that Boston was able to retain one of the most important pieces of their championship puzzle. With Eovaldi, who garnered a lot of interest in the off-season, the Sox now have a pretty killer rotation of Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodrigez, and Eovaldi. That can rival the best pitching staffs in all of baseball.
Eovaldi's regular season, after he was traded to Boston from the Tampa Bay Rays, was an above-average one for Boston with most of his best starts coming against the New York Yankees. This proved to be a key factor in Boston's playoff run as Eovaldi was employed into the starting rotation for the ALDS against the Yankees, where he dominated them, and he was then a part of the rotation for the rest of the playoffs. However, his most iconic stint in the post-season came in the eighteen inning third game of the World Series where he pitched the most relief innings of any pitcher in the history of baseball playoffs in what was nothing short of a heroic outing from Eovaldi. The performance was truly inspiring and remains one of the greatest things I've ever seen in sports!
Throughout the post-season, Eovaldi pitched just over twenty-two innings and recorded a pristine 1.61 earned run average. With numbers like those and a heart like his, Nathan Eovaldi is worth every penny.