White Sox could use the veteran right-handed pitcher in its pitching rotation next year. The 28-year-old has provided stellar relief in the postseason thus far.
The Chicago White Sox will need to add some veteran arms to its pitching rotation this upcoming offseason. One pitcher that would be a nice addition to its rotation could be Nathan Eovaldi. The veteran pitcher has been impressive this postseason and could be in for a big payday.
Eovaldi was saddled with the loss in Friday nights 7-hour 20-minute 18-inning marathon in game three of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched six innings in relief for Boston. Since being acquired via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this year, Eovaldi has been a key pitcher for the Red Sox throughout the postseason.
The 28-year-old right-handed pitcher has appeared in six total games this postseason, with two starts, and has a combined 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched. Eovaldi made 11 starts with the Red Sox this past season to go along with one relief appearance. In 12 total games, Eovaldi compiled 48 strikeouts, a 3-3 record, and a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings pitched.
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With the White Sox needing veteran arms in its starting rotation to complement their younger pitchers, Eovaldi could be a valuable signing for the team this offseason. Eovaldi began his career in 2011 with the Dodgers and has bounced around with other teams since. He pitched with the Miami Marlins from 2012-2014, the Yankees in 2015 and 2016 and was with the Rays this past season before being traded to Boston.
Eovaldi has battled back from numerous injuries including two Tommy John surgeries and elbow inflammation. However, he’s shown on the national stage that he can pitch well when offered the opportunity. He has a career record of 44-53 with a 4.16 ERA through seven MLB seasons. If he were to sign with the White Sox, he would be a solid number two or three starter in their rotation.
The Sox have many needs they will attempt to address through free agency this offseason but no need is greater currently than acquiring a starting pitcher. There will be many free agent starting pitchers for the Sox to pursue, and they would be wise to go after Eovaldi. With his recent postseason success, Eovaldi could be a target of a lot of contending teams.
This offseason is important for the Sox as they can’t miss any opportunity to address their needs going into 2019. The younger players currently on this team need to be surrounded with veteran players that have winning experience. The Sox won’t get far without a strong starting rotation next season. Adding Eovaldi to their rotation could have the Sox going in the right direction in their current rebuild.