Nathan Eovaldi signs $34 million deal with Rangers

Jacob deGrom’s new rotation just got another boost.

Texas Rangers sign right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to a two-year, $34 million deal ESPN reported Tuesday night, less than four weeks after deGrom left the Mets to join the Rangers in a five-year, $185 million deal. Eovaldi’s deal would feature a third-year acquisition player option.

Texas will lose its third-round pick because Eovaldi rejected the Red Sox’s qualifying offer, per ESPN. They have already lost a second round by signing deGrom.

Eovaldi, 32, has spent the past four seasons with the Red Sox. He had a 3.87 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 109 ⅓ innings (20 starts) last season. He earned his first career All-Star nomination in 2021, when he had a 3.75 ERA with 195 strikeouts in 182 ⅓ innings.

Nathan Eovaldi, seen here pitching for the Red Sox in August, signs a $34 million contract with the Rangers.
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Eovaldi made his debut for the Dodgers in 2011 before being traded to the Marlins in 2012. The Yankees then acquired him from the Marlins after the 2014 season and he spent two years in the Bronx. He was released by the Yankees after the 2016 season as he was expected to miss all of 2017 due to elbow surgery.

The Rays signed him in early 2017 with an option for 2018, when he returned from surgery and made 10 starts for Tampa Bay before being traded to the Red Sox.

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