The Boston Red Sox brought back their World Series MVP a few weeks ago, but the most valuable retention of their off-season unfolded Thursday.
Nathan Eovaldi was the guy Boston could not afford to lose, and the club acted quickly to ensure his 100-mph fastball isn’t going anywhere.
Eovaldi and the Red Sox reached agreement on a new contract, The Athletic reported. Terms were not available, though previous reports indicated Eovaldi was in line for a four-year deal.
And in locking up Eovaldi, the Red Sox protected themselves against some significant churn in their pitching staff.
Staff ace Chris Sale and 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello are free agents after 2019. Closer Craig Kimbrel and set-up man Joe Kelly are already on the market this year.
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