The issue, however, is that Eovaldi's dominant run is far from the norm for his career, and he's had arm issues to boot.
Boston lost the game when Eovaldi surrendered an 18th-inning home run to Max Muncy, but his performance inspired his teammates.
A reasonable projection for the Red Sox front office is that they can get 150 innings of above average pitching from Eovaldi next season. The right-hander, who split his season between the Rays and Red Sox, posted a 3.81 ERA with a 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings during the regular season.
Right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a contract to remain with the Red Sox, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Eovaldi underwent Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school, then underwent a second TJ surgery in August 2016. Eovaldi helped propel the Red Sox past their AL East rivals, New York Yankees including an 8-inning shut out gem, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4.
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In a flawless world, Boston could have gotten Eovaldi on a cheaper, or shorter deal, but that's not where the market for starting pitching is right now. Fancred's Jon Heyman backs up Murray's report, adding that he heard the current asking price is four years at $17 million per year. In a sense, front offices now have to construct two different teams: one that can win a division over the long 162-game season and one that can win the postseason.
Boston earlier reached a $6.25 million, one-year contract with first baseman Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP. The New York Yankees reportedly were interested in Eovaldi but did not want to go past three years on a deal. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.
His numbers against the Yankees after joining the Red Sox were even more impressive.