Nathan Eovaldi was the losing pitcher after serving up a walk-off home run to Max Muncy.
A reasonable projection for the Red Sox front office is that they can get 150 innings of above average pitching from Eovaldi next season.
Despite the risk, it's still a move the Red Sox had to make.
Eovaldi, 28, was acquired by Boston on July 25 in exchange for Jalen Beeks.
In a flawless world, Boston could have gotten Eovaldi on a cheaper, or shorter deal, but that's not where the market for starting pitching is right now. He started and came in relief situations at times and now he's being rewarded for his heroics. He made four starts against the Yankees, going 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, and beat the NY in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, when he gave up one run in seven innings.
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Mark Feinsand reports the deal is worth a total of $67.5 million. He had arthroscopic surgery late in spring training to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow and did not make his season debut until May 30 - his first major league game since August 10, 2016.
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It's not hard to find reason for caution with Nathan Eovaldi's new contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez. For now, Eovaldi still has more value as a starter. The Yankees and Dodgers, swimming in a huge revenue stream just like the Red Sox, remained under the cap in 2018. The Red Sox had an Opening Day payroll of about $233 million a year ago and were projected to spend about $220 million in 2019 before Eovaldi.