Signed. Sealed. Delivered. The World Series hero has re-signed with the Boston Red Sox.
Free-agent RHP Nathan Eovaldi in agreement with #RedSox, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2018
This large numbery due to a bit of inflation occurring through postseason success. The Red Sox starter has had multiple serious elbow injuries, but has been well-regarded by his surgeon during a post-operation visit. Typically when evaluating a player off of serious elbow surgery there is a lack of either velocity, or pinpoint control, but Nate didn’t exhibit either of those throughout his time in Boston.
The signing of Eovaldi allows the Sox to retain their rotation from a World Series winning season and adds an important piece to the puzzle. While there are many that think the hard throwing righty could be a fit to take over the closer’s role in Boston, it’s highly unlikely.
It’s important to understand that Eovaldi isn’t an ace. His career track record doesn’t suggest that, nor does he need to be in Boston. The Red Sox have plenty of lefties in the rotation between Chris Sale, David Price, and Eduardo Rodriguez, leaving a need to balance it with right handed options. The re-signing of the postseason hero fills a void in the rotation and allows the man that posted a 1.61 ERA in the playoffs to return to Fenway Park as a hero.
On a human level, you can’t help but be happy for a player like Eovaldi. Overcoming potential career-ending injuries and capitalizing on a once-in-a-lifetime contract. Thankfully, he’ll remain in Boston.
The reality is that analysts and “couch GM” fans can debate dollars and cents as much as they want, but the signing of Nathan Eovaldi puts the Red Sox in a position to repeat as champions in 2019.