Source: Eovaldi, Red Sox agree to 4-year deal – MLB.com

BOSTON — The Red Sox have accomplished a major piece of their offseason business, agreeing to a four-year, $67.5 million deal with free-agent righty and postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Thursday.

The deal, first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, is pending a physical.

BOSTON — The Red Sox have accomplished a major piece of their offseason business, agreeing to a four-year, $67.5 million deal with free-agent righty and postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand on Thursday.

The deal, first reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, is pending a physical.

After re-signing World Series MVP Award winner Steve Pearce last month, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski swiftly turned his attention to bringing back Eovaldi.

The signing of Eovaldi — once official — will mean the Red Sox have nearly their entire cast back from the team that achieved a franchise record of 108 wins during the 2018 regular season and then steamrolled the competition with an 11-3 mark in the postseason.

Closer Craig Kimbrel and setup man Joe Kelly are still free agents. The investment in Eovaldi could preclude the Sox from retaining Kimbrel, who turned down Boston’s qualifying offer at the outset of the offseason and is said to be seeking a six-year deal.

With the Winter Meetings starting Monday, Dombrowski’s main focus will be on fortifying the bullpen.

Eovaldi joins Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez in a rotation that could be as good as any in the American League.

The Red Sox knew they had to be aggressive if they wanted to keep Eovaldi, who was drawing plenty of interest on the free-agent market from perhaps their two top competitors in the AL — the rival Yankees

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