The Boston Red Sox have acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for LHP Jalen Beeks. The Red Sox have been looking to add to their rotation following injuries to starters Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez. This trade was reported by Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.
Official: #RedSox get Eovaldi for LHP Jalen Beeks.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2018
The Red Sox being in first place five games ahead of the New York Yankees, wanted to bolster down their starting rotation.The Red Sox lineup has been producing very well with Mookie Betts having a historic season and free agent signee J.D. Martinez putting up great numbers so far in 2018. However with Eduardo Rodriguez dealing with an ankle injury and Steven Wright dealing with a knee injury, Eovaldi will step into the rotation for the Red Sox.
Eovaldi has not had the best year so far, he has started 10 games and is 3-4 through those 7 starts. Eovaldi is carrying a 4.26 ERA however his WHIP is 0.98 throughout 2018 with the Rays. The Red Sox hope that Eovaldi can be a good addition to the bullpen while their other starters can get healthy.
Rays get Jalen Beeks, 25, who is rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) July 25, 2018
The Tampa Bay Rays have made it clear that Jalen Beeks will be called up to the majors as a starter or multi-inning reliever in the radical pitching set up that the Rays use. Beeks has spent almost all of 2018 with the Triple-A Pawtucket team, he was 5-5 with them with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 16 starts.