Nathan Eovaldi

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Nathan Eovaldi hasn't talked contract with Red Sox yet, but open to returning

John Tomase
October 22, 2018 - 7:36 pm

Nathan Eovaldi has not yet spoken to the Red Sox about a contract extension, but he’s open to returning when he hits free agency next month.

“I’d love to be back,” Eovaldi said on Monday. “But nothing’s popped up yet.”

When Eovaldi arrived in Boston at the trade deadline for left-handed prospect Jalen Beeks, he didn’t look like one of the most desirable arms on the market. But then he started mixing his 101 mph fastball with a devasting cutter and bulldog power arsenal, and after two great postseason starts, suddenly looks to be a man in demand as he hits the market at age 28.

Eovaldi limited the Yankees to one run in Game 3 of the American League Division Series over seven innings. He delivered six innings of two-run ball against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS before tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the clinching Game 5, blowing away star third baseman Alex Bregman with a 101 mph fastball in the process.

Asked what impact he believes his two months in Boston have had on his future, Eovaldi allowed that they’ve gone well while maintaining that his focus remains on the World Series, which begins on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

“I definitely feel like they’ve been successful and really good for me, coming back to a bigger market and the environment and all that stuff,” Eovaldi said. “I’m trying to take it one day at a time. I’m not that big into tomorrow. When the season’s done, I’ll have plenty of time to think about it. Honestly, right now I haven’t thought about it one bit. That’s why I have my agents. I trust them with their jobs.”