It's not hard to find reason for caution with Nathan Eovaldi's new contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Shortly thereafter, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that the number of teams pursuing Eovaldi at this point appears to be just one. In Game 3 of the World Series, after pitching an inning in each of the first two games, Eovaldi entered in the 12th inning and did not leave until Max Muncy's walk-off home run in the 18th. He made 10 starts for the Rays before being acquired by the Red Sox in a trade last season, and he posted a 3.81 ERA in 111 total innings in 2018. In those innings, he recorded a 3.33 ERA with 8.0 K per 9 innings. He threw 22 1/3 innings both out of the bullpen and as a starter while posting a 1.61 ERA.
Nathan Eovaldi got his start in the Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but over the next seven years he bounced around as a piece in trades for bigger names like Hanley Ramirez and Martin Prado. The ninth pitcher of the game for the Red Sox, Eovaldi helped save Boston's pitching staff for the rest of the series, which the Red Sox won in five games.
Boston manager Alex Cora said earlier this week Eovaldi was a "game-changer".
He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016.
Eovaldi's return secures the top of the rotation for the Red Sox, who have Chris Sale under contract for one more year at $15 million, and David Price who declined an opt-out to remain with the team for the next four years for $127 million. World Series MVP Steve Pearce has already re-signed; Game 5 victor David Price opted in to the last four years of the contract he signed before the 2016 season; the team exercised its option on ace Chris Sale.