Red Sox Lose Another Key Pitcher to Free Agency

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox have let another pitcher leave in free agency.
The Boston Red Sox have let another pitcher leave in free agency. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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It's been a rough offseason for the Boston Red Sox. Not only did they lose star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres, but they've also seen several key pitchers depart in free agency.

After letting Massachusetts native Rich Hill sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Boston allowed another one of its top starting pitchers to switch teams on Tuesday night.

Nathan Eovaldi Rangers

Nathan Eovaldi joined the mass exodus by inking a two-year, $34 million deal with the Texas Rangers, where he'll join a rotation that includes two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom as well as former teammate Martin Perez.

Losing Eovaldi is another significant blow for Boston, who excelled with the team after being acquired via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. He promptly helped the Red Sox win the World Series that fall and was rewarded with a four-year extension, during which time he made an All-Star team and drew three straight Opening Day starts for Boston.

With the near-simultaneous departures of Hill and Eovaldi, the Red Sox now have two more holes on their roster to fill. Boston's starters had the ninth-worst ERA in baseball last year (4.49) and both veterans expressed a desire to remain with the club, so it's surprising that the front office did not make more of an effort to keep them. The Red Sox did offer Eovaldi the one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer (which he declined), so Boston will receive a compensatory draft pick now that he's gone.

Most of the top free agents are already off the board, so the Red Sox will likely either need to trade for pitching help or rely on their internal options to replace their departed veterans. The team may also pursue Michael Wacha more heavily now, who's also a free agent after going 11-2 with a 3.32 ERA for Boston in 2022.

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