Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

David Price welcomes back teammate Nathan Eovaldi

David Price welcomes back teammate Nathan Eovaldi

But Eovaldi wasn't done there, he came up big in the World Series against the Dodgers.

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that negotiations between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi are "intensifying". He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat the NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings. 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. He made it clear to Alex Cora that he wanted the ball and was ready to go whenever the manager called upon him. He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery. His strikeouts-per-nine - 8.2 - was a career best.

He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016. Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez are all under contract, with Sale and Porcello set for free agency after the season.

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The deal fills the 40-man roster and puts Boston at risk of exceeding the Competitive Balance Tax for the second straight year. He had arthroscopic surgery late in spring training to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow and did not make his season debut until May 30 - his first major league game since August 10, 2016.

The 28-year-old hit the market as perhaps the most intriguing pitching option after what was a downright incredible postseason as a starter and reliever, with a 2-1 record, 1.61 ERA, and 0.81 WHIP in 22.1 innings of work en route to a World Series title for the Red Sox. Boston issued a qualifying offer to Kimbrel, one that guarantees the club draft pick compensation should the closer land elsewhere.

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