President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was cheerfully heckled with shouts of "Bring him back!" "He did a tremendous job for us last season, playing a significant role in helping us win the division and the World Series". Eovaldi worked both as a starter and a high-leverage, multi-inning reliever in October, regularly pumping triple-digit fastballs as he became one of manager Alex Cora's most trusted playoff weapons. He went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA down the stretch. Following the trade, he went 2-0 against the Yankees with a 0.39 ERA in four starts against NY including his win in Game 3 of the ALDS.
He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016.
Eovaldi delivered back-to-back ideal eighth innings in both Game 1 and 2 at Fenway Park to help Boston take a 2-0 lead before heading to Los Angeles.
Nathan Eovaldi could be nearing a return to the Red Sox.
"Nobody's going to remember who won that game".
Boston's starting rotation looks to be set after locking-up Eovaldi long-term, but questions remain in the bullpen. Eovaldi's new deal pays $17 million annually. He missed the 2017 season while recovering from surgery and returned in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and also with a fastball that neared 100 miles per hour. He was let go by NY after the season and signed with Tampa Bay, a deal that guaranteed $2 million in 2017 and included a $2 million option for 2018.
It's probably still a little early to declare Eovaldi a "Yankee killer" just yet, but if he can spend the next four years building on these gaudy stats, there will be no denying his place in the storied rivalry.