The Cubs have had minor trade talks with the Yankees regarding starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, according to 670 WSCR’s Julie DiCaro.
There’s no word on how serious these talks have been. With the deadline still two months away, it’s doubtful that the teams are anywhere near a deal. Nonetheless, Cubs fans should be excited about this rumor. Fans may not know the name Nathan Eovaldi just yet, but with the way he’s been pitching, he may become a household name soon.
The 26-year-old Eovaldi has excellent stuff. He’s known for him dominant fastball which can reach up to 100 MPH on the gun. His secondary pitches are no joke either — he has a hard splitter that induces a ground ball nearly 70 percent of the time it’s put in play. He mixes in a slider, and likes to slow it down with a 75 MPH curve ball on occasion.
He settled in nicely at the big league level last year, which was his fifth season in the bigs but first with the Yankees. His 14-3 record was impressive, but his ERA (4.20) and WHIP (1.45) still could be improved upon.
This season, he has dropped his ERA down to 3.71 and his WHIP to 1.17. The addition of his splitter last year, and his continued reliance on it this year, has been crucial to his success. According to Brooks Baseball, he now throws it over 25 percent of his pitches. At 89 MPH, it serves as a great complement to his heater which he throws on nearly half his pitches.
Some fans may be wondering why the Cubs have been linked to names like Eovaldi and others. It seems the Cubs have all the pitching they need when looking at their league-best 2.60 ERA.
But, teams are always looking to add more pitching — especially young pitching. There have also been questions after last season about the longevity of both Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Both pitchers struggled as the season rolled along last year.
Expect plenty of other names to get thrown around in the coming months. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are on the prowl and they have enough young talent on their roster to make a big move happen.
Kevin McCarthy, a junior at the University of Illinois, is serving an internship at Scout.com this summer and covering the Cubs for NorthSidersReport. You can follow him at @KevOMcCarthy on Twitter or contact him by e-mail at Kevin.McCarthy00@yahoo.com