Could Braves want Eovaldi as a closer?

Knox Bardeen
November 19, 2018 - 11:35 am
Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi

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Free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi made 21 starts in 2018, 10 with the Tampa Bay Rays and 11 with the Boston Red Sox. His second-half numbers – Eovaldi’s ERA was almost a half run better with Boston – and his effective run during the Red Sox’ postseason have made the hurler a much-sought-after commodity.

According to Nick Cafardo, of The Boston Globe, nine teams have already shown interest in Eovaldi, including the Atlanta Braves.

The early suitors are the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres, and Giants. There’s likely to be more.

Rob Bradford, from WEEI in Boston, says that some of the interested parties are thinking of acquiring Eovaldi to turn him into a closer.

According to a major league source, multiple teams have expressed interest in signing Eovaldi with the intention of making him their closer.

Are the Braves one of those teams looking to add Eovaldi as a closer?

Voices speaking from the Atlanta front office and rumors flying as the MLB Hot Stove heats up have mentioned the idea that the Braves could be in the market for a closer. Could Eovaldi make sense?

Eovaldi made two starts in the 2018 postseason and entered games as a reliever four times. His postseason ERA was a miniscule 1.61 and he struck out 16 batters and only walked three.

He was better as a reliever, though.

In his four appearances, Eovaldi struck out seven and only walked one. He allowed four hits in 9 1/3 innings and posted a 0.96 ERA. Batters were only able to muster a .125 batting average facing Eovaldi as a relief pitcher.

Those are certainly closer-like numbers.