Buck Showalter’s Orioles won last night. And so doing gave him his 250th win with Baltimore.
Showalter’s career feels weird. Most managers get a shot or two. If they get more than a couple of shots some of those later jobs are at the helm on an interim basis or as a caretaker manager while the organization waits for the team to be competitive. It’s not often you see a guy get more than a couple shots at teams with which he is expected to be the guy to help build the team or teams that are on the upswing. You get maybe two jobs with a future in this business. Everything beyond those two shots are basically short gigs.
But Showalter has, um. bucked that trend, having been given jobs with a future in New York, Texas, Arizona and Baltimore. And in so doing he joins a pretty small club of managers who have amassed 250 wins or more with four teams. Besides Showalter, only Joe Torre, Gene Mauch and Dick Williams.
Nice job, Buck.
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.