Eovaldi re-signing with Red Sox

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The Red Sox certainly appear to mean business when it comes to defending their World Series title.

The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in Boston and they have done exactly that.

Boston rewarded him with a $68 million, four-year contract. He worked to a 1.61 earned-run average in six postseason appearances as Boston captured its fourth championship this century.

The team is reportedly cornering the market for free-agent right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. He made just one start in the playoffs before helping out the battered bullpen in the Game 5 clincher of the AL Division Series against Houston. Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS. "Everybody's going to remember Nate Eovaldi", Cora said. "It was a great baseball game". The Red Sox acquired him for left-handed prospect Jalen Beeks on July 25 and Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in Boston. His strikeouts-per-nine - 8.2 - was a career best. Eovaldi's 111 innings represented a limited workload after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.

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Eovaldi proved himself willing to put the team ahead of himself and that he's a great teammate.

He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016. The ninth pitcher of the game for the Red Sox, Eovaldi helped save Boston's pitching staff for the rest of the series, which the Red Sox won in five games. That leaves the club little wiggle room with the threshold for 2019 set at $246 million.

The Red Sox signed Steve Pearce to a one-year deal in November, bringing back the Most Valuable Player of the World Series for $6.25 million.

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