Playoff hero Nathan Eovaldi signs four-year, $68M deal with Red Sox

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Nathan Eovaldi is returning to the Boston Red Sox, signing a four-year deal to stay with the team through 2022.

“We’re very happy to have Nathan back with us,” Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said in announcing the deal Thursday. “He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series. His performance in the postseason was outstanding, both as a starting pitcher and as a reliever.”

The deal is worth $68 million, with the right-hander getting $17 million in each of the four seasons, according to multiple reports.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The Red Sox will introduce Eovaldi on Monday at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.7

Eovaldi, 28, emerged as a star in the postseason, dominating both as a starter and late-inning reliever.

He ranked fourth in the American League in walks per nine innings (1.62), and sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.05) last season. He held right-handed hitters to a .252 on-base percentage with 54 strikeouts against only five walks, and did not allow a home run to any of his final 194 righties faced, including in the postseason.

Left-handed batters went 4-for-53 with one extra-base hit and a .329 OPS against Eovaldi from Sept. 1 through the end of the World Series.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Eovaldi has had two Tommy John surgeries, most recently in 2016.

After being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 25, Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 11 starts and one long-relief appearance. He found his groove in September, with a 1.35 ERA in five appearances that gave a hint of what was to come in the postseason.

In 22⅓ postseason innings, Eovaldi allowed only four earned runs, throwing 100 mph fastballs that were unhittable.