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The Boston Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract with free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who played a key role in this year's World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $67.5 million.

One day after the Red Sox championship parade, team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sat in the press conference room at Fenway Park and declared his intentions. This includes current free agent Nathan Eovaldi.

In six postseason appearances, including two starts, Eovaldi went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, a.185 opponent's batting average, 16 strikeouts, and three walks. He went 3-3 with a.33 ERA down the stretch. He threw 22 1/3 innings both out of the bullpen and as a starter while posting a 1.61 ERA.

Boston lost the game when Eovaldi surrendered an 18th-inning home run to Max Muncy, but his performance inspired his teammates.

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It's believed that the Houston Astros and Yankees are among those also aggressively pursuing Eovaldi. He missed the 2017 season while recovering from surgery and returned in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and also with a fastball that neared 100 miles per hour.

"What Nate did [in Game 3], that was wonderful", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after Eovaldi's Game 3 late-night loss.

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.

It's probably still a little early to declare Eovaldi a "Yankee killer" just yet, but if he can spend the next four years building on these gaudy stats, there will be no denying his place in the storied rivalry.

2018 was his first year in the playoffs.


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