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Nathan Eovaldi reportedly nearing four-year deal to remain with Red Sox

John Tomase
December 05, 2018 - 8:43 pm

The Red Sox are reportedly nearing a deal with free agent right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on a four-year contract that could be worth nearly $70 million.

Robert Murray of the Athletic reported that the Red Sox and Eovaldi were getting serious, while Fancred’s Jon Heyman added that the deal was rumored to be for close to $17 million a year. Meanwhile,’s Mark Feinsand reported that an executive from another club believes the Red Sox are nearing a deal.

“The market is really just the Red Sox at this point,” the executive said.

If the Red Sox retain Eovaldi, their roster will practically be complete heading into spring training, with closer their only area of need, assuming Craig Kimbrel departs in free agency.

Eovaldi, 28, was a tremendous find at the trade deadline, going 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA after arriving from Tampa, and then following it up with a dominating postseason that saw him go 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA. He delivered one of the signature performance of the playoffs, even though it ended in defeat, when he tossed six innings of three-hit relief in an 18-inning loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series.

The Yankees were rumored to be in on Eovaldi as well, which would make retaining him even more of a coup for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.