Nathan Eovaldi was a playoff hero for the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Now, just over four years after acquiring Eovaldi, the righthander has been in trade rumors once again.
Eovaldi addressed his uncertain future after what could have been his last start with the Red Sox, one in which he twirled six-and-a-third innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs while striking out six.
“As a starter you can go out there and kinda set the tone for the team. I felt like I was able to do that,” Eovaldi said just hours after catcher Christian Vazquez was traded across the diamond.
With the Red Sox looked at as sellers, Eovaldi's name has been in the trade rumors. He has playoff experience from the 2018 run and is 5-3 with a 4.11 ERA this season.
“I’m aware of it, of course, but I try not to think about it,” he said. “I feel like the more I think about it the more of a distraction it becomes, not only to myself but to my teammates. We can speculate all we want but until it happens I’m a Red Sock.”
Eovaldi has been a Red Sock since the 2018 trade deadline. He joined Boston’s run to a championship last year. And while that meant a lot, he wants to try to win one with a team he’s been with.
“I want to be a part of a World Series championship from the beginning to the end,” Eovaldi said. “I feel like there’s a lot more meaning to it, I’m not saying that ‘18 didn’t mean a lot, obviously it did, but I’d love to stay here and help us out.”