So after all that–the arrest, the name change, the suspension–Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t even throw a pitch for the Marlins this season and, it turns out, may not throw a pitch next season either.
Oviedo was diagnosed with a sprained elbow back in July, but today he underwent Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for 12 months. Dr. James Andrews did the honors.
As an impending free agent he’s unlikely to be back with the Marlins and will probably have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract, perhaps with an option for 2014 so the team that signs him can get some potential benefit once he’s healthy.
Or, because he hasn’t actually faced big-league hitters since September 21, 2011 he may have to rehab on his own and try to secure a contract only after he’s healthy enough to throw off a mound in the second half of next season.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.