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Red Sox make Nathan Eovaldi signing official

John Tomase
December 06, 2018 - 5:49 pm

The Red Sox officially announced Nathan Eovaldi's four-year contract on Thursday night, welcoming back into the fold their most unlikely postseason hero.

Eovaldi's deal is reportedly worth $67.5 million.

"We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. "He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series. His performance in the postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever."

Eovaldi, 28, missed the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery and it didn't return until May 30 with Tampa Bay. The Red Sox acquired him for left-handed prospect Jalen Beeks on July 25 and Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in Boston.

He then exploded in the playoffs, going 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in six appearances, including two starts. He limited opponents to a .185 batting average while serving as an iron man -- he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the ALCS clincher vs. the Astros and then appeared in each of the first three games of the World Series, including six innings of relief in an 18-inning Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.