According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic the Sox and Eovaldi have come to an agreement on a new deal, pending a physical. Robert Murray of The Athletic was first report the two sides were closing on a contract. Terms of the deal have not been surfaced.
The 28-year-old Eovaldi was the youngest starting pitcher on the free agent market, having seen his value skyrocket after turning in a memorable postseason run. In six appearances throughout the playoffs he compiled a 1.61 ERA allowing three runs over 13 innings in his two starts.
The Astros, Phillies, Yankees, Braves, Brewers, White Sox, Giants and Padres were all reported to have some level of interest in Eovaldi.
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He began as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 before getting traded to the Miami Marlins in 2012.
Eovaldi was then traded to the New York Yankees prior to the 2015 season, and while he did go 14-3 in his first season with the Bronx Bombers, he only had an ERA of 4.20 and struggled to reach his lofty potential.
The Rays took a chance by signing him despite his need for Tommy John surgery, and it paid off since they were able to ship him to Boston in exchange for promising pitcher Jalen Beeks.
Eovaldi finally hit his stride after the trade to Boston, and all the pieces may now be in place for him to enjoy the best season of his career.
The Red Sox are taking a risk by signing Eovaldi for four years due to his history of inconsistency, but given his blazing fastball and the confidence he gained from winning the World Series, he may prove to be one of the best signings of the offseason.