The Red Sox postseason hero intentionally avoided Free Agency due to the slow moving market.
As many have mentioned, the Red Sox will have plenty of decisions to make following, what many hope to be, a repeat season in Boston. Dave Dombrowski will be tasked in retaining much of his young talent and ensuring financial flexibility for future seasons.
Much has been made of top tier Major League players capitalizing on market value, but remaining unsigned due to a lack of spending. Despite this, Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi provided insight on his quick decision to remain in Boston.
I asked Nathan Eovaldi about signing early with the #RedSox: “I told my agency, even if its not the best deal I want sign early. Because anything to me is going to be better than where I was at. I didn’t want to have that pressure coming into spring training.” #MLB @NBCSBoston— Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) February 13, 2019
The postseason warrior continued by highlighting the experiences of other friends that have went through the Free Agent process as a reason for signing quickly. The Red Sox should hope that 2020 UFA’s, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, and others, follow the trend of taking the guarantee and foregoing the unknown that has been the Free Agent wasteland.
To be fair, the slowness of the open market will certainly end in a realignment of the CBA, or Collective Bargaining Agreement, to ensure that players are receiving fair compensation. However, the temptation to take a team-friendly deal couldn’t come at a better time for the Boston Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts mentioned that the current state of the market is “something that you have to think about,” while also mentioning that he’d be open to an extension in Boston.
A quick retention of Nathan Eovaldi was important for the Red Sox offseason, but hopefully it will serve as a model for future young Sox that are considering hitting the open market. While there’s an unknown in monetary value, there’s always a home in Boston.