Eovaldi will not discuss the extension during the season

In an about-face from a previous report, it appears that one of the Red Sox‘best starters’ is destined to reach free agency at the end of the season after all. Right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi He was previously thought to be open to mid-season extension talks, but WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Eovaldi has no desire to discuss contract issues during the season. Bradford adds that the right-hander’s camp is expected to be in touch with the team after the 2022 campaign is over.

It’s common for players in marching years to call off extension talks after opening day – look no further than division rival Yankees for recent proof of this – although it’s a slight surprise that Eovaldi’s self-imposed deadline has come and gone without saying too much at all. Eovaldi is coming off the best season of his career: a 182 inning performance with a 3.75 ERA ball with elite command (4.6% walk rate), votes from Cy Young and a host of underlying metrics that indicate his performance was even better than his ERA. let yourself go. There’s only one season left before a healthy salary awaits the right-hander in free agency, however, it’s possible baseball manager Chaim Bloom and the front office haven’t seen the rising cost in drafting a new one. contract now.

Alternatively, the Red Sox front office may have simply been too preoccupied post-lockdown trying to build a team with playoff aspirations. Although the club launched the tires on extensions with franchise players Raphael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, no discussion went very far. The front office hired a second-year pitcher Garret Whitlock in overtime talks, agreeing to an extension last Sunday, although it’s a valuable play that probably wouldn’t be granted in veteran Eovaldi’s case. Whether it’s consistent high-end performance or a financial advantage, it’s easy to see why extension talks were prioritized in all three of those cases over the one with a 32-year-old pitcher.

With Eovaldi all but certain to reach free agency, he will join a group brimming with upside (and for the Red Sox, potential replacements). Assuming some bans are exercised and some player options are not, the 2022-23 free agent market should contain elite names like Jacob of Grom, Justin Verlanderand Clayton Kershaw. With more than $100 million in commitments likely canceled after the season, the Red Sox should have no shortage of options to explore this offseason, whether that be re-enacting familiar faces or bringing new ones into the fold.

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