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Zack Greinke replaces Jon Lester on NL All-Star roster

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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke has been added to the National League All-Star roster, replacing Cubs starter Jon Lester, who is slated to pitch on Sunday in San Diego against the Padres. The 2018 All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Greinke, 35, is now a five-time All-Star. This season, the right-hander is 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA and a 117/23 K/BB ratio in 114 innings. Greinke is in the third year of a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the D-Backs signed in December 2015.

Lester, 34, is also a five-time All-Star. He’s been having an outstanding 2018 campaign, going 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA and an 81/38 K/BB ratio in 106 1/3 innings. The only qualified NL starters with a lower ERA than Lester’s are Jacob deGrom (1.68), Aaron Nola (2.27), and Max Scherzer (2.33).

Both Greinke and Lester have been All-Stars in both leagues.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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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.