Top 20 free agents & where they’ll sign part 2
By Neil Raymond
20. Nathan Eovaldi, SP
1 Year/$19.5 Million
This may be cheating, but I think that Nathan Eobaldi accepts the qualifying offer that he received from his current team: the Boston Red Sox. The qualifying offer is worth $19.5 million, which is what I see his contract Olga’s basically bring. There’s just so much uncertainty with him, that I can’t see any team giving up a draft pick to sign him.
The 33 year old next season is a former Miami Marlin, who never really worked out with us. In his best season with us in 2013, he went 4-6 with a 3.39 ERA/3.59 FIP in 18 games and 106.1 innings. As you can see he just couldn’t stay healthy. In 2014, he went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 games and 199.2 innings.
Eovaldi had a pair of 4.00+ ERA seasons with the New York Yankees in 2015 and 2016, but again only managed 154.1 and 124.2 innings in each of those seasons. He then missed the 2017 season entirely, before resurfacing with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. He went 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA/4.28 FIP in 10 games and 57 innings, but turned on another level upon a trade to Boston mid-season. He then went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA/2.88 FIP in 12 games and 54.0 innings. He played a big part in their World Series win that season as well.
In 2019, he disappointed with a 5.99 ERA/5.90 FIP in 23 games and 67.2 innings. He then bounced back somewhat with a 3.72 ERA/3.87 FIP in the shortened 2020 season. He then had a 3.75 ERA/2.79 FIP in a surprisingly healthy 2021 season. He pitched in 32 games she 182.1 innings that season. In 2022, the injury bug bit him again, as he went 6-3 with a 3.87 ERA/4.30 FIP in 20 games and 109.1 innings.
So what do you think? Do you agree with these moves or do you disagree?