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Thursday, December 6, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE BREAKING NEWS: NATHAN EOVALDI BACK WITH RED SOX ON FOUR-YEAR DEAL

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to bring back starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on a four-year deal worth around $17 million a year which removes yet another name from the quickly-drying pitcher market.  Just two days after top starter Patrick Corbin inked a mammoth six-year deal with the Washington Nationals, Eovaldi got his new pact with the Red Sox which surely was helped by some epic postseason performances that helped the team claim the 2018 World Series.  After logging a 3.33 ERA with the team after coming over in a midseason trade, Eovaldi went nuts to the tune of a 1.61 mark in the postseason to help further cement his status as a late blooming pitcher.  Having undergone two Tommy John elbow surgeries, Eovaldi's previous seasons spent in various MLB locales were filled with ugly ratios and a K/9 rate that fell way below expectations considering his potent fastball.  While Eovaldi's fastball coming in a bit straight has always been seen as a big reason for the lagging K's, he began to change that narrative last season both with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Red Sox due to fine-turning his offspeed stuff.  Eovaldi now has the payday to prove he has broken through in the minds of the MLB industry and so we need to figure out where he goes from here in terms of prospective fantasy baseball value.  On that front, Eovaldi looks capable of being a decent SP 3 since he will win games on a very strong Red Sox squad and his recent uptick in performance could include an ERA in the mid-3.00 range.  Still, Eovaldi has to prove he can be a consistent strikeout guy over the course of a full season and also stay healthy.  Ideally he looks more of an SP 4 from this vantage point but the Red Sox glare means he won't come that cheap at the draft table.  Ultimately we think Eovaldi has in fact reached a new level of performance that can be trusted. 


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