Rays close to signing RHP Nathan Eovaldi, with '18 option
The Rays are close to signing RHP Nathan Eovaldi to a major-league deal that would include a 2018 option, the Times has learned.
Eovaldi, who turns 27 on Monday, is expected to miss the entire 2017 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing right-hander has pitched parts of six seasons in the majors for the Dodgers, Marlins and Yankees, posting a career-best 14-3, 4.20 mark in 2015 in New York.
He was 9-8, 4.76 in 24 games (21 starts) for the Yankees last season before being injured in August.
The deal is expected to be completed in the next few days, as the Rays will have to drop or trade a player to first create space to add Eovaldi to the 40-man roster, then can put him on the 60-day DL and will have an open spot.
The Rays have made similar moves before to acquire pitchers and rehab them through surgery, such as Chase Whitley, another former Yankee who made it back to the majors last year.