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Is Eovaldi setting himself up for a big payday?

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2018 - 9:14 am

Remember Rich Hill?

It took the lefty four starts at the end of the 2015 season (just four) to resurrect his career at the age of 35 years old and send him on a path that ultimately earned Hill four years of contracts worth $54 million. That's how powerful a good run of games can be for any starting pitcher.

It's what Nathan Eovaldi might be on the verge of finding out.

The newest Red Sox starter will be eligible for free agency at the end of this season, potentially heading into a market flush with starting pitching options. But here's the thing: There aren't going to be many candidates among those free agent hurlers who are better positioned than Eovaldi.

"It's not about how you start a season, it's how you finish," Eovaldi said on the Bradfo Sho podcast. "If you can finish on a strong note, I feel like that means a lot." (To listen to the entire podcast, click here.)

He is just 28 years old and currently carries a 3.38 ERA over his 12 starts this season. Sure, Eovaldi has undergone two Tommy John surgeries (the first coming in high school), but because of his sporadic usage - as was the case with Hill - the righty doesn't carry a whole lot of wear and tear. (It should also be noted Eovaldi and Hill share the same agents, Sam and Seth Levinson of ACES.)

Eovaldi is set to join Arizona's Patrick Corbin as the only starter in this year's free agent market who will enter 2019 under 30 years old. (That's assuming San Francisco picks up Madison Bumgarner's option.) 

If the Red Sox starter is able to bottle the image he has offered Alex Cora's club so far -- a high 90's fastball with his newly-discovered wipeout cutter -- the here and the now will once again win out for Eovaldi over what had been a roller coaster career. 

"I don't like to think about the future," he added. "Baseball is hard enough trying to focus on one start at a time. I try and take it day by day. When the season is over I'll have time to reflect on that. As long as I can put in the work now everything should be good when that times come."

More Red Sox content

- Rafael Devers goes deep in Lowell during rehab stint

- Bradfo Sho, Ep. 90: Introducing Nathan Eovaldi