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'Everyone and their mother' expressing interest in Nathan Eovaldi

Rob Bradford
November 18, 2018 - 5:29 pm

Wondering about the Nathan Eovaldi market?

According to one major league source "everybody and their mother" are expressing some sort of interest in the free agent pitcher. In other words, there is little to glean from the current market when it comes to Eovaldi.

According to multiple sources, the belief is that the truly serious suitors will distinguish themselves after the Thanksgiving holiday, with the Major League Baseball winter meetings scheduled three weeks from Monday.

The Boston Globe reported Sunday that some of the teams believed to have shown interest include the Brewers, Angels, Phillies, Braves, Blue Jays, Padres, White Sox, Giants and, of course, Red Sox. It is believed there are actually additional teams beyond that group who have dipped their toe in the Eovaldi pool. (The Yankees, for one, undoubtedly would be in line to at least kick the tires on their former right-hander despite most reports pointing them in the direction of free agent starter Patrick Corbin.)

Eovaldi represents an interesting case for teams looking for a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. He is the youngest starter in the open market, having come off a postseason run that suggests the 28-year-old is ready to take a step forward. He has succeeded on the kind of stage Corbin hasn't experienced, and thrown more than 5,000 fewer pitches than Dallas Keuchel. But there are those two Tommy John surgeries and a career that hasn't yet included the kind of consistency teams might be looking for.

Another consideration when it comes to Eovaldi is that he wouldn't cost any acquiring team a draft pick, which would be the case for any club signing Corbin and Keuchel, who each turned down their respective club's qualifying offer.

The lesson to be learned? This might take at least a few weeks.