Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to return to the Boston Red Sox. The deal is pending a physical. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand says it will be a four-year deal worth $67.5 million.
Eovaldi split who began his 2018 season with the Rays and ended up with the Boston Red Sox, posted a 3.81 ERA with a 101/20 K/BB ratio in 111 innings during the regular season. He really made his money in the postseason, however, tossing 22.1 innings of 1.61 ERA ball, including his gutsy and instantly legendary six-inning relief performance in Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Eovaldi will turn 29 before the 2019 season begins, but he is still a considerable health risk, having undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career, most recently in 2016. The Red Sox, however, see him as a mainstay in the rotation for the next few years and believe he’s worth the gamble.
Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.
Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:
Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter. At this time, any comment would be premature.”
The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.
Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.