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.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.