By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to an WEEI.com report, the New York Yankees were interested in signing free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Those plans may have changed now as the team acquired James Paxton.
The Yankees acquired Paxton in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Monday. In exchange, New York sent three prospects, including top pitching prospects Justus Sheffield to Seattle.
The Yankees will have Paxton under their control for the next two seasons. With Eovaldi, his asking price could be sky-high after his performance in the postseason.
Eovaldi helped the Red Sox defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.
Eovaldi went six innings in the 18-inning marathon that ended nearly 4 am, as the Dodgers won 3-2 over the Red Sox. This game turned out to be the longest game in World Series history.
Despite a potential high-price, the free agent pitcher has several suitors. The Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants are other teams interested in him.
In the regular season, Eovaldi was 3-3 in 11 starts with the Red Sox. He had a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings. He allowed 28 runs (20 earned runs), including three home runs. He struck out 48 batters and walked 12.
Eovaldi was 2-1 in the Red Sox World Series Championship run in six games, including two starts, and one game finished. He had a 1.13 ERA in 22 ⅓ innings, while allowing five runs (four earned runs), including home run. He also had 16 strikeouts and three walks.
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