Eovaldi inked a deal with the Red Sox on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the terms of his contract are four years and $67.5 million. It shouldn't come as any surprise that Boston wanted Eovaldi back in town following his performance in the postseason, during which he logged a 1.61 ERA and 0.81 WHIP with a 16:3 K:BB across 22.1 innings. His most impressive performance arguably came against the Dodgers in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, where the right-hander threw six-plus frames in extra innings to keep the rest of the staff as fresh as possible for the remainder of the series. Eovaldi began the 2018 campaign in Tampa Bay before getting acquired by Boston before the non-waiver trade deadline and finished the year with a 3.81 ERA and 8.2 K/9 in 22 appearances (21 starts). He will slide right back into the middle of the Red Sox's rotation behind Chris Sale and David Price.
Eovaldi will not start Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday after throwing six innings of relief during Friday's 18-inning affair, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Once manager Alex Cora turned to Eovaldi in the 12th inning of Game 3, it was basically assured that the right-hander would be out of the running to start Saturday's game. As it turned out, Eovaldi tossed six-plus innings in a valiant effort to keep the Red Sox afloat, allowing just one earned run -- Max Muncy's walkoff home run -- on three hits and one walk while striking out five. Don't expect to see Eovaldi available until Sunday at the earliest, and that would likely come as a one-inning relief appearance at best. Cora has yet to decide who will take the mound for Game 4, though he mentioned that it would be a left-hander, so look for Eduardo Rodriguez or Drew Pomeranz to draw the start.
Eovaldi will start Game 4 of the World Series against Los Angeles on Saturday, Sean McAdam of the BostonSportsJournal.com reports. There's a slight chance that manager Alex Cora may wind up changing plans again, since he stated Eovaldi will be available out of the bullpen Friday night should the Red Sox require his services with a late lead, per Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald. Initially, Eovaldi was slated to take the mound for Game 3, but Cora elected to utilize the hard-throwing right-hander as a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel in each of the first two contests of this series.
Eovaldi will not start Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday. Manager Alex Cora elected to utilize Eovaldi out of the bullpen during each of the first two games and will give Rick Porcello the start in Los Angeles on Friday, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports. Eovaldi tossed a pair of spotless eighth innings as the Red Sox's bridge to Craig Kimbrel in each of the opening two games to help stake a 2-0 lead over the Dodgers. Initially, Eovaldi was expected to take the mound for Game 3, but Cora decided to give him some extra rest following his relief appearances. It's unclear whether Eovaldi will be available to pitch another inning Friday or if he's lined up to start Game 4 on Saturday, though the latter seems more likely.
Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Eovaldi put together a quality outing in his first start of the postseason, tossing seven innings while allowing one run and punching out five. With the series tied 1-1, manager Alex Cora will hand Eovaldi the ball in Houston against a stacked Astros lineup.