|Nov. 6 10:54 AM PT11:54 AM MT12:54 PM CT1:54 PM ET13:54 ET18:54 GMT2:54 11:54 AM MST1:54 PM EST2:24 PM VEN22:54 UAE12:54 PM CT-The Rays have exercised a $2 million club option for next season on Eovaldi.
Analysis: The right-hander missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, when he was with the New York Yankees. Under the contract the 27-year-old signed last winter, Eovaldi can earn up to $3.5 million in performance bonuses as a starter or $3 million as a reliever in 2018. The right-hander last pitched in the majors two years ago, when he was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 21 starts and three relief appearances.
|Feb. 12 4:13 PM PT5:13 PM MT6:13 PM CT7:13 PM ET19:13 ET0:13 GMT8:13 5:13 PM MST7:13 PM EST7:43 PM VEN4:13 UAE (+1)6:13 PM CT-Eovaldi is not expected to pitch this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but he and the Rays nonetheless agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, multiple media outlets reported Sunday. A key component of the deal, considering Eovaldi's health status, is that it includes a club option for the 2018 season.
Analysis: The right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Yankees. Last season, Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 appearances, including 21 starts. In his six years in the major leagues, Eovaldi is 38-46 with a 4.12 ERA. Elbow injuries ended his 2016 season in August, and he needed surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays are expected to put Eovaldi on the 40-man roster and then move him to the 60-day disabled list.