Nathan Eovaldi is 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 57 IP. He has a 0.98 WHIP in 10 starts. Eovaldi has been a solid starter so far and will benefit this Red Sox pitching staff. He can throw as hard as any other starter and can pitch deep into games. Drew Pomeranz’s time in a Boston uniform is ending this offseason, and his time as a weekly starter may be ending much sooner.
Eovaldi is an interesting addition though he is not the flashy name fans are looking for. This deadline will feature more mundane players than years past. There aren’t any Yu Darvish’s or Justin Verlander’s in this years trade deadline. That said, getting a guy like Eovaldi who has a quality arm and more upside than the average 28-year-old is a good baseball decision. Dombrowski only gave up LHP Jalen Beeks who has showed promise with a 2.89 ERA in AAA Pawtucket but has a 12.79 ERA in 6.1 IP for the Red Sox this season. It will be interesting to see how Beeks performs at the Major League level with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays are adding a 25-year-old pitcher that has been dominate at the AAA level, one tier below the big leagues. They get Beeks for a player that has costed them virtually nothing and would not have had any effect on the club long term. For Beeks, he will get his first real shot at the Major League level, where I believe has a good shot of succeeding. This is a win-win for both sides as the Red Sox get some much needed pitching depth and the Rays acquire a legit prospect for very little cost.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports