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OffbeatGive the Red Sox credit for doing what they had to do with Nathan Eovaldi

21:05  06 december  2018
21:05  06 december  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Negotiations between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi reportedly 'intensifying'

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Nathan Eovaldi . #17 SP. Throws: R, Bats: R. Boston Red Sox . From Manny Machado' s defense to Patrick Corbin' s lack of a track record, there' s reason to think long and hard before giving even the top free agents big bucks. Alex Cora praises pitcher Nathan Eovaldi ' s outing, saying it was "one of the

Nathan Edward Eovaldi (/ɛˈvældi/ ev-AL-dee; born February 13, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.

Give the Red Sox credit for doing what they had to do with Nathan Eovaldi© jae c. hong/AP Nathan Eovaldi undoubtedly could have gotten more elsewhere but chose to stay with the Red Sox. Two down, one to go?

Will the Red Sox do their best to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, or are the re-signings of World Series MVP Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi enough for an already burgeoning payroll that will also have to absorb major raises for Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr.?

You have to give ownership major credit for extending this payroll even beyond the $234 million it spent last season, which was the largest payroll in baseball. The Red Sox don’t have any cheap players per se. They are all well-paid, and Eovaldi’s reported four-year, $67.5 million deal makes him Boston’s third-highest-paid starting pitcher behind David Price and Rick Porcello, with Chris Sale fourth.

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Eovaldi was able to do just that. He featured one of the best sliders of his career, getting Because Eovaldi features premium velocity, there had been a question for years about whether he had We gotta give Nathan all the credit for doing his job. When you are up a bunch of runs, throwing strikes

According to Dombrowski, the Red Sox had been watching Eovaldi ’ s starts for over a month and their scouts came away convinced he could be an effective, cheap solution Still it may be a better trade for the Rays because they have a knack of turning aging pitching prospects into functional major leaguers.

The rotation seems absolutely set now, with Sale, Price, Porcello, Eovaldi, and Eduardo Rodriguez a five that can pretty much rival any in baseball.

The Red Sox also have some depth with Steven Wright likely to be a swingman, serving time in the rotation and the bullpen.

What’s left is to either re-sign Kimbrel or seek another avenue toward a closer, and figure out what to do with Joe Kelly, another important free agent, who is being wooed by a few West Coast teams (and his home is in California).

Give the savvy Dave Dombrowski a lot of credit here. He assistant general manager Brian O’Halloran somehow persuaded Pearce to accept a one-year deal for $6.25 million — which was the same as his 2017 and 2018 salaries — after having a very good year and winning World Series MVP honors.

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Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox have had plenty to smile about during his two starts. Eovaldi pitched seven scoreless innings in winning his Red Sox debut on July 29 vs. the Twins. Give Dombrowski credit for great acquisition. Thank goodness he doesn’t listen to talk radio or baseball

Nathan Eovaldi , the newest Red Sox pitcher watches from the Sox dugout. BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi went from out-of-contention Tampa Bay to a Boston Red Sox team No matter what team I’m with or where we’re placed, first place or last, I try to give my team the best opportunity to win.”

And then, with several teams bidding for Eovaldi’s services, he persuaded the 28-year-old righty to stay with the Red Sox for $67.5 million after his tremendous postseason starter/reliever act.

Some would call it a risky move, given that Eovaldi had endured two Tommy John surgeries. And while he returned in June from his latest one and showed no ill effects while pitching a combined 133⅓ innings between the regular season and postseason, who knows what that workload might have done to him?

In his six-inning, 97-pitch relief outing in Game 3 of the World Series, in which he earned the respect of everyone in baseball, you wondered, “How can he be doing this?” And Eovaldi said he could have gone longer.

And then he made himself available for Game 5.

But if shows no ill effects from all that, the Red Sox have themselves an outstanding power righthander who throws up to 101 m.p.h. and can sustain it for seven innings if he needs to.

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Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi emerges from the Rays clubhouse on Wednesday after learning that he had been traded to the Red Sox . Credit : The Associated Press. Tampa Bay Ray pitcher Nathan Eovaldi throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 13, 2018

The Red Sox are going to have to deal out hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the ’18 core relatively intact, and they ’re going to have to do it If they ’re going to give Eovaldi an eight-figure piece of that pie annually, they ’d better be convinced he’ s worth it. It’ s going to be fascinating to see

You can bet the house that manager Alex Cora and pitching coach Dana LeVangie will take it easy on him in spring training. You probably won’t see much of him in those games vs. the Twins in Fort Myers. That’s fine. But there’s always that fine line between not doing enough and doing too much in spring training. The Red Sox will have to feel that out.

Also, adrenaline always kicks in during the postseason. Pitchers do things they don’t normally do during the first 162 games. Price is another example of someone who extended himself in the postseason, also making relief appearances amid his starts. With a guy who has had forearm issues, you also wonder how that plays going forward.

This is why it’s so hard to repeat. You never know how pitchers in particular will come out of an extended season, making intense pitches over a month of outings.

In the case of Eovaldi, the Red Sox had to do it. They couldn’t allow him to be wooed again by the Yankees, one of his former teams, and lose such an important pitcher to the archrival. The Yankees already have acquired James Paxton in a deal with the Mariners. They didn’t acquire Patrick Corbin, who went to the Nationals for six years at $140 million. They may be in on J.A. Happ, who pitched well for them last season, but would love to add another righthander to the mix.

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Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski addressed the media after the Red Sox acquired Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league What Dave Dombrowski had to say after the Red Sox traded for Nathan Eovaldi . "I can’t say that we’re done for sure."

Nathan Eovaldi showed the heart of a champion Friday night (and early Saturday morning), and he left a lasting impression on his Boston Red Sox For Brock Holt and Joe Kelly, they didn’t have to wrack their brains for motivation when the going got tough. "What Eovaldi did last night was one of the most

It’s always tricky when your own players enter free agency. They are susceptible to the temptations of other offers. Pearce likely could have secured two years and maybe even a third elsewhere, but he wanted to stay in Boston.

Eovaldi could have gone anywhere (with about nine teams really interested), but he too loved the atmosphere in Boston and took less to stay. He was never going to be in the Corbin range, but he was the next tier down. He probably could have secured a five-year, $100 million deal if he had held out longer. Teams wanted him that badly.

So the Red Sox now have a more balanced rotation of three lefties and two righties. If Sale’s shoulder issues persist into the early part of 2019, they’re covered with Wright (assuming he’s recovered from his knee surgery) and Hector Velazquez. Brian Johnson is a free agent and is likely to be signed by another team.

If Dombrowski can’t meet Kimbrel’s reported demand of six years, he will likely move to another available closer like Andrew Miller or Zach Britton.

So far, the Red Sox have done everything right in signing the people they needed to sign. Let it be said, for a team that won it all, the Red Sox don’t seem to mind spending what they have to to keep this team intact as they attempt to do what’s so hard to do in this game: repeat.

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