The Houston Astros are showing continued interest in free agent Nathan Eovaldi, according to a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Eovaldi was born in Houston and raised in Alvin, a small Texas town famous for producing another hard-throwing righty: Nolan Ryan. Eovaldi, , went to the same high school as the Hall of Famer.
#Astros showing continued interest in free agent Nathan Eovaldi, sources say. He is the second best pitcher ever from Alvin, Texas. And if Eovaldi signs with Houston, No. 1 on that list will watch him pitch from a seat behind home plate . . . @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 28, 2018
Ryan, who pitched for the Astros for eight seasons, currently serves as a special advisor to Houston owner Jim Crane. Back in 2015 when Eovaldi was with the Yankees and pitching for the first time in his home state, he met Ryan, who had front-row seats to watch his fellow Alvin alum log a win.
The Red Sox would like to re-sign Eovaldi, but they'll have plenty of competition. David Price is making his own pitch. Price echoed the sentiments of Boston fans when he told viewers of his Twitch channel that Eovaldi "better be re-signing." Price made the announcement that right before the Red Sox's World Series parade.
After Eovaldi lost his entire 2017 season to Tommy John surgery,Eovaldi only spent a few months with the Red Sox; he was good for Boston during the regular season, and he became a postseason legend because of his October performances, namely his performance in The veteran right-hander threw 111 innings this season, accumulating a 3.81 ERA, a career-high 5.05 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.13 WHIP. He went 2-1 (2-0 in starts) in 22 1/3 innings during the first postseason run of his career.