Nathan Eovaldi could earn $63M over 3 seasons in deal with Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi can earn $3 million annually in performance bonuses for innings as part of his two-year, $34 million contract with the Texas Rangers, a deal that contains a conditional player option for 2025 and could be worth $63 million over three seasons.

Eovaldi gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $16 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the deal. He has a $20 million conditional player option for 2025 that he can exercise if he is on track to be healthy for the 2025 opening day roster and pitches 300 innings in 2023 and 2024 combined or finishes among the top five in 2024 Cy Young Award voting or is an All-Star in 2024 and finishes among the top seven in Cy Young voting.

He would earn $750,000 each year for pitching 130, 140, 150 and 160 innings.

Eovaldi would get a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $200,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $100,000 for fourth and $50,000 for fifth. He would get $150,000 for World Series MVP and $100,000 each for making the All-Star Game, winning a Gold Glove or earning League Championship Series MVP.

Eovaldi gets a limited no-trade provision and a hotel suite on road trips, and he has the right to buy four premium seats to Rangers home games. He will donate up to 1% annually of salary to the team charity.

Eovaldi has pitched for five teams over 11 big league seasons, the past 4 1/2 seasons with Boston. He went 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA while limited to 20 starts last year because of two stints on the injured list, caused by lower back inflammation and a shoulder issue. He was 11-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 32 starts in 2021, when he was an All-Star for the first time and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young voting.

The Houston native is 67-68 with a 4.16 ERA in 240 career games (221 starts) with the Red Sox, Miami, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay. He will turn 33 in February, just before the start of spring training.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.