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Red Sox trade for Nathan Eovaldi, send Jalen Beeks to Rays

Rob Bradford
July 25, 2018 - 10:54 am

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox have countered.

A day after the Yankees locked up Baltimore closer Zach Britton, Dave Dombrowski has traded for Tampa Bay starter Nathan Eovaldi. The Red Sox are sending Jalen Beeks to the Rays in return. The Athletic was first to report the deal.

The 28-year-old has a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts this season, coming off a six-inning, one-run outing against the Marlins. Two starts ago the righty had a poor outing (8 runs, 2 2/3 innings vs. Minnesota), but leading up to that appearance Eovaldi had allowed just two runs in 19 innings over three starts.

He is eligible for free agency at the end of this season.

Eovaldi missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery (his second), signing with the Rays after being released by the Yankees following the 2016 season. He missed the beginning of this season after experiencing complications with his pitching elbow.

Beeks has a 2.89 ERA in 16 games with Triple-A Pawtucket this season, having pitched in two big league outings this season.

The Eovaldi acquisition speaks to the Red Sox' discomfort with the back-end of their starting rotation, with Drew Pomeranz having just returned with his 4 2/3-inning, 4-run start against the Orioles Tuesday night. Brian Johnson has pitched well as a starter, totaling a 2.22 ERA in five starts.