Contract talks between the Boston Red Sox and free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi are 'intensifying,' according to Robert Murray of The Athletic. In line with Murray's report, Fancred's Jon Heyman has reported that talks between Eovaldi and the Red Sox are centered around a four-year deal worth almost $17 million per season.
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. Eovaldi's best work undoubtedly came in a marathon loss in Game 3 of the World Series, which saw him throw six innings of three-hit ball with the Sox having almost no other option out of their bullpen.
“What Nate did [in Game 3], that was amazing,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Eovaldi's Game 3 late-night loss. “We kept talking to him and he was like, ‘I’m good, I’m good, I’m good.’ You almost have to be perfect in that situation, and actually, he was perfect. We didn’t make one play and then they put a good swing on it.
"Effort-wise, I mean I don’t know, that was one of the best performances probably in the history of the World Series.”
Eovaldi, who split the regular season between the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox, posted a 6-7 record and 3.81 ERA during the regular season. Eovaldi's career-high in wins came back in 2015 when he posted a 14-3 record for the New York Yankees.
It's believed that the Houston Astros and Yankees are among those also aggressively pursuing Eovaldi.