Two of the heroes from the Red Sox historic World Series run were set to become highly touted free agents at the start of the offseason.
World Series MVP Steve Pearce quickly got back on board with a one-year , $6.25 million deal to return to the Red Sox.
Nathan Eovaldi, who inexplicably threw 97 extra innning pitches in the marathon that was Game 3 of the World Series, is expected to get a bigger contract.
The 28-year-old right hander is reportedly drawing interest from as many as nine teams early on in the free agency process. The potential suitors are the Brewers, Phillies, White Sox, Braves, Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Padres along with the Red Sox.
Many of those teams can outbid Boston for Eovaldi, but he has stated a desire to stay with the Red Sox.
Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly are also free agent pitchers the Red Sox have expressed interest in bringing back, so it should be interesting to see which dominos fall first.
If the Red Sox don't want to pay big money for Kimbrel, maybe they allocate their money in Eovaldi and Kelly. If Eovaldi or Kelly is lured away, will the Red Sox need to bring Kimbrel back to salvage their depth in the bullpen?
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