Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
Nathan Eovaldi is the do-it-all guy I mentioned at the beginning of this. Anyone who watched the World Series knows the Red Sox hero. At the beginning of the series, Eovaldi was slated to start Game 4. Instead, he pitched a scoreless inning in Game 1, another in Game 2, and then six relief innings so amazing in Game 3 that fellow Red Sox pitcher (and Game 3 starter) Rick Porcello was driven to tears by the performance.
World Series aside, Eovaldi owned a 3.81 ERA in 22 games. He has everything you want from a pitcher, good strikeout rates, low walk numbers, and has been relatively consistent throughout his career. We’ve seen what he can do as part of a rotation, and his relief work might be even better.
While this postseason was a small sample size, Eovaldi was easily the most trusted pitcher in the World Series for either team. His Game 3 loss was not on him, as the Red Sox offense couldn’t muster a run for six innings. Eovaldi is a wild card this offseason, and could be a huge boom-or-bust free agent.
Projected contract: Four years, $60 million
Eovaldi pushed his value up astronomically in the playoffs (take notes, Machado) and it would not surprise many to see him earn much more than this contract on the free agent market. However, Eovaldi has been open about his desire to return to the Red Sox, and is likely to give a hometown discount for the World Series champs. However, if the Red Sox lowball him, the LA Angels and Billy Eppler should swoop in for the Swiss Army Knife.