They didn't want to go past 3 years on Eovaldi, who is a hero in Boston anyway.
Eovaldi's contract is worth $68million over four years, the Red Sox announced on Thursday. When the Tampa Bay Rays signed Eovaldi to a 2 year, $4 million deal in 2017, with incentives of up to $3.5 million, executives understood this was an upside play and a bet on the flame throwing righty to come back from TJ. and perform to his abilities.
Those numbers, of course, include the yeomen's work Eovaldi did against NY during the American League Division Series.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale added that Eovaldi returning to the Red Sox has apparently been considered a foregone conclusion by some. He pitched six innings of relief before giving up the decisive solo home run to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy in the 18th inning.
"Nobody's going to remember who won that game". Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS. He was let go by NY after the season and signed with Tampa Bay, a deal that guaranteed $2 million in 2017 and included a $2 million option for 2018. He spent two seasons with the Yankees in 2015 and 2016.
If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain. Remaining unsigned players who became free agents after winning the Series include closer Craig Kimbrel, left-hander Drew Pomeranz, right-hander Joe Kelly and second basemen Brandon Phillips and Ian Kinsler.