Sox Sign Eovaldi!

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Immediately following this year’s incredible World Series victory, Dave Dombrowski made it known that he had one goal in mind.  That goal was to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi.  On December 6th the Boston Red Sox front office accomplished that landmark.  They got the guy they wanted.  Mr. Eovaldi signed a contract to stay in Beantown for 4 years and get paid handsomely for his efforts.  Over the 4 year contract he will make $67.5 million dollars.  (Did you say “million dollars” like Dr. Evil? I did!)  

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Overall I am happy he is back.  If you are an avid reader of The Syndicate’s content than you may have seen that he is on my off season free agent wish list.  If you haven’t than you should go read it right after this article because it basically proves Santa is real. 

Eovaldi will forever be in Sox lore. Due to his tremendous efforts in these past playoffs he has already earned his “Red Socks.”  Pitching on short rest, giving his all in every pitch, Eovaldi left it all on the field.  I think that resonated with fans.  He would pitch out of the bullpen whenever they asked him to.  Sometimes even 2 days before he was going to start.  Eovaldi even threw almost 100 pitches out of the bullpen in Game 3 of the World Series.  His efforts were not easy to ignore.  I think members of Red Sox nation from all over were hoping that Boston would re-sign the hard throwing right hander. 

Did the Red Sox overpay for him?  Of course they did.  If Nathan Eovaldi would have never been traded to Boston and reach free agency after his year with the Rays he wouldn’t have gotten half of the contract he just signed.  But he was traded to the Red Sox, and what he did for the team in the postseason…poof! You get a 17 million dollar a year pitcher.  

Some media personalities believe it was a massive over pay, and they may be right, but Boston needed this guy back.  The combination of Porcello and Eovaldi in the middle of that rotation will provide that competitive edginess that they absolutely need.  I also think it matters that he is a power pitching right hander.  They already have 3 lefties projected to be in the rotation, so Eovaldi brings a bit of needed balance.   The Yankees top hitters all bat from the right side of the plate.  Stanton, Judge, Sanchez…even possible future Yankee Manny Machado is a right handed batter.  Houston’s lineup is also very right handed heavy.  Carlos Correa, George Springer, Alex Bregman and former MVP Jose Altuve…all righties.  So having another good right handed pitcher is going to help the Sox greatly in the hunt for another ring.  

Remember when Eovaldi threw a 102 mph fastball right by Bregman for a strikeout?  So beautiful!  Like I just mentioned, Eovaldi throws 100 mph!  As long as he can stay healthy, which isn’t a given, he always has a chance to give you a great outing.  I think he will be a very good number 4 pitcher for the Sox. 

I think Nathan Eovaldi proved this past October that he is a big game pitcher.  To be able to perform at a high level when you are at the peak of competition is something you want to keep around.  Due to all the previously mentioned righties, he is also very good against the division rival New York Yankees.  So far in his career when facing the Yankees, Eovaldi has an ERA of 1.93, his WHIP is less than 1, and New York has only batted .173 against the Red Sox pitcher.  I expect him to be a major weapon as the Red Sox battle the hated Yankees. 

There have been some rumblings that Eovaldi could someday pivot to a closer role.  Personally, I think he is more valuable as a starter and should take the ball every fifth day for this team.  BUT…if that transition does ultimately happen, I don’t think that will make this signing a bad one.  Last season Craig Kimbrel made about $14 million, and closers around the league are making more and more.  If he doesn’t perform like the organization wants as a starter and becomes a relief pitcher, Eovaldi could still be a dangerous weapon for manager Alex Cora.  I think he could be the type of reliever that could pitch multiple innings and get the job done.  When you throw that hard and throw with accuracy you can always get guys out.  Overall I think his potential flexibility only makes the signing more appetizing.  It wasn’t the main reason because I think plan A is for him to be a starter for all 4 years, but it definitely didn’t hurt.  Eovaldi will be a factor this season, and I don’t think it really matters what his role is. 

Signing Eovaldi early in the off season was a major win for this franchise.  It was clear that their priority was to resign him.  Now the Sox executives can go to the Winter Meetings next week with a wide open schedule.  I know you are reading this Dave Dombrowksi, now go to Las Vegas and bring home some more players off of my wish list.  Thank you kindly.

Nathan Eovaldi will be a member of this Red Sox team for the next 4 years.  Re-signing him means that Boston now has one of the best rotations in the American League.  Sale, Price, Porcello, Eovaldi, and E Rod are a very good rotation, and if Rodriguez has a good season they have a chance to be the best pitching rotation in all the MLB.  Sidebar, I heard a rumor today that Boston may attempt to trade Porcello now that they have locked up Eovaldi.  I do NOT like this.  They need Porcello as well as everyone else that they have.  Porcello is one of the last pitchers that seem to always take the hill.  I am not going to dive into that too much but I hope both Eovaldi and Porcello are on the team to start the year.

I am happy that Santa Claus came a little early this year and I was able to witness the Sox sign someone off of my wishlist.  Nathan Eovaldi has a shot to become a Sox legend and I really want to see that happen.  Let the Nathan Eovaldi era begin!

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