The Rays have exercised pitcher Nathan Eovaldi‘s 2018 club option worth $2 million, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Eovaldi, 27, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016. He did make one rehab appearance in September with Double-A Montgomery, recording a pair of strikeouts in one inning.
The Rays signed Eovaldi in February knowing his timeline and negotiated the club option for flexibility. It seems the club is pleased with his progress. Per Topkin, manager Kevin Cash said he expects Eovaldi to play a big role in the Rays’ starting rotation next season.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: