The Texas Rangers pitching staff continues to get even better.
After landing two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom earlier this offseason, the Rangers have reportedly reached an agreement with veteran right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, according to Robert Murray of FanSided.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the deal is for two years, $34 million with a third-year vesting player option.
Eovaldi, who will be 33 next season, spent the last four seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He was an All-Star in 2021 and is coming off a year in which he pitched to a 3.87 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while striking out 103 batters in 109.1 innings pitched.
The right-hander and Texas native figures to be a mid-rotation piece in a staff that now consists of deGrom, Martin Perez, Jon Gray, Jake Odorizzi and Andrew Heaney in addition to Eovaldi.
The Red Sox appeared to be interested in retaining Eovaldi after four seasons in Boston, extending a qualifying offer following the 2022 season and even offering a multi-year deal, per WEEI’s Rob Bradford, back in November.
But as Eovaldi’s free agency continued the Red Sox began to seem less and less likely to re-sign the right-hander before news broke Tuesday that he was in agreement with the Rangers.
Because Eovaldi declined the qualifying offer, the Red Sox will receive a third-round pick from the Rangers.
The Angels and Padres were also reportedly interested in Eovaldi.
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