Red Sox offer Nathan Eovaldi a multi-year deal

Red Sox offer Nathan Eovaldi a multi-year deal

The Red Sox reportedly offered the All-Star starter Nathan Eovaldi A multi-year deal, per Rob Bradford’s WEEE. However, Bradford notes that a deal between the two sides is not imminent. News of talks between Boston and Eovaldi comes just days after the Red Sox issued the righty a qualifying offer (one year, $19.65MM) that ties the veteran to draft compensation if he signs with another team.

After making a career-high 32 starts (182 1/3 innings) in 2021, Eovaldi dealt with lower back inflammation and right shoulder inflammation, the latter of which limited him to just seven starts in the second half of the season. When healthy, Eovaldi pitched to a strong 3.87 ERA, striking out 22.4% of batters while limiting walks (4.4%). The 22.4% strikeout rate represented a decrease from his 2020 (26.1%) and 2021 (25.5%) rates, but his ground ball rate was up from 42.1% in 2021 to 47.3%.

Eovaldi originally joined the Red Sox in 2018, having been flipped by the Rays in late July. Jalen Bix. He quickly earned his worth, helping the franchise win the 2018 World Series before re-signing with Boston that offseason to a four-year, $68MM deal. During that contract, Eovaldi made 53 starts, pitching 281 1/3 innings of 4.25 ERA baseball with strong strikeout (24.4%) and walk (5.6%) rates.

As we can see Top 50 free agents with 2022-23 predictions list, MLBTR expected Eovaldi to receive a shorter contract (2-year, $34MM) after missing part of the season due to injury.

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