The Giants are looking to improve their starting pitching this season, and are targeting a World Series hero as a means to that end.
San Francisco is one of nine teams already checking in on free agent right hander Nathan Eovaldi, according to a report by the Boston Globe. The Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, and Padres are also interested. Eovaldi’s preference is reportedly to rejoin the Red Sox, who acquired him in a midseason trade with Tampa Bay last season.
Eovaldi, 28, posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.126 WHIP (a career best) in 22 appearances (21 starts) with the Red Sox and Rays combined last season. Eovaldi missed all of 2017 as he recovered from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, the first of which he had during his junior year of high school.
As a reliever, Eovaldi was dominant in the postseason, posting a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings, including back-to-back shutout eight innings in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. The Red Sox will reportedly “take their best shot” to keep him.
The Giants starting rotation finished 15th in total ERA and 21st in WHIP amongst major league teams in 2018.