It didn’t take long for Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox to counter the Yankees recent addition.
It’s the most exciting time of the year for most fans around Major League Baseball and Ken Rosenthal dropped the annual news on the Red Sox.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2018
Eovaldi has been a bright spot for the Rays after they took a flier on him after Tommy John Surgery. He has posted a 4.26 ERA this season, but has been a valuable addition and boasts a hard fastball and sharp slider.
In exchange, the Red Sox sent a fringe starter, in Beeks, that will likely get a true test at the Major League level in the coming weeks. He’s posted an ERA over 12 in Boston this season, but has been a standout in Pawtucket (2.89 ERA). Beeks runs the risk of being a “4A” player that is never able to figure it out at the highest level, but the Rays were willing to take the chance.
In the Red Sox camp, they’ve seen this story before with Henry Owens. The former prized prospect was an elite arm in Pawtucket, but was a disaster in Boston – ultimately leading to him being DFA’d. There is reason to believe that Beeks will develop into a formidable pitcher, but his ceiling is an innings eater that can potentially flourish in a smaller market.
Eovaldi figures to slide into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation and will add some balance to the over-abundance of lefties in the rotation. Follow this link for a solid breakdown on the Rays’ arm.
What does this mean moving forward?
Red Sox fans should anticipate to see at least another deal for Dave Dombrowski. The bullpen is a dire need and it would be very surprising to see the aggressive GM pass up on the chance to upgrade.
Additionally, it’s likely that Drew Pomeranz will slide into the bullpen. He’s proven to be a liability in a starting role this season, but may be a valuable left-handed asset out of the bullpen.
The addition of Eovaldi was a solid move by Dombrowski. Yes, this is likely a one year rental, but giving up a fringe prospect in Beeks is a solid deal overall.