White Sox rumored to be interested in yet another free agent. This time, the rumored interest is with a left-handed starting pitcher.
The White Sox have been rumored to be interested in many free agents early in the offseason. Another rumor has the team interested in one of the better starting pitchers from this past postseason, Nathan Eovaldi.
According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the White Sox are one of many teams interested in signing the 28-year-old right-handed starting pitcher. The Sox have some holes to fill in their starting rotation for next season and signing Eovaldi would make sense for the team that could surprisingly contend in 2019.
Eovaldi was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on July 25. He made 11 starts with the Red Sox and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.33 ERA in his 12 total appearances with the team in the regular season. It wasn’t until the postseason that Eovaldi increased his value.
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The native Texan pitched 22.1 total innings in the postseason for the Red Sox and posted a spectacular 1.61 ERA. Eovaldi also pitched six innings in a losing effort for the Red Sox in game three of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This came in extra innings as he was relied upon to keep the Boston bullpen from utilizing another starting pitcher.
With the Sox in need of some starting pitchers for 2019 and beyond, they will likely have to compete with other teams in order to sign Eovaldi. An advantage the Sox could have over other teams is their payroll flexibility and being able to add other free agents this offseason to field a competitive team for next season.
Eovaldi could command a two to three-year contract or more this offseason. At 28, he’s young enough to still fit into future plans for the Sox if signed. Although the Sox have a lot of pitching depth in the minors, there’s no guarantee that every player will pan out and reach their full potential.
The Sox aren’t being complacent this offseason and fans should be excited about the possibility of this team improving going into 2019. As the offseason rolls along, expect the Sox to be linked to more free agents. There could be some surprising signings made by this team which would lead to a very exciting SoxFest in January.