As the Red Sox approach Game Three, Eovaldi has another chance to increase his stock.
In the midst of the 2018 Trade Deadline, the Red Sox decided to pull the trigger on Tampa Bay Rays’ starter, Nathan Eovaldi. The move was seen as a low-risk deal that sent Jalen Beeks to Florida in exchange for a reliable, strike-throwing arm.
It wasn’t a flashy move by any means, but the deal has paid great dividends for the Red Sox. Eovaldi has posted a 3.33 ERA over 54 innings in Boston, and outside of a few rough outings, has been impressive in his tenure. The ability to pound the strike zone, paired with a high 90’s fastball and impressive cutter has allowed the righty to flourish in Boston.
Alex Cora and Dave Dombrowski felt comfortable in Eovaldi’s on-field demeanor which has been on full display thus far. In his biggest games, Nate has shown that the moment doesn’t get “too big.” Allowing one earned run over 24 innings against the rival Yankees is an impressive feat and one that will pay off this offseason.
A Hot Commodity
The idea of acquiring Eovaldi was coupled with the understanding that he may be a rental – as he’s set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. After a couple reconstruction of his pitching elbow, it is likely that the rising Red Sox pitcher will look to capitalize on his time as a wanted arm.
Tyler Chatwood may serve as a model for the price that is commanded. The Cubs’ starter was acquired to solidify their rotation (which was unsuccessful) as an under-the-radar piece to the puzzle. He signed a 3 year / $38 million contract with a World Series contender and cashed in on the opportunity. Eovaldi will likely require a contract of similar length / monetary value due to his success in the postseason and ability to perform in Boston.
As a Red Sox fan, it would be nice to see him remain in Boston. The caveat will be finding money amidst other contractual needs; however one thing is for certain. Nathan Eovaldi is making a name for himself in October and will certainly cash in on that reputation during free agency.