The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with veteran right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
At this time, we do know that there is an option for the 2018 season included, however, financial terms of the contract are not yet known and a physical examination is currently pending.
As Topkin notes, Eovaldi missed a good chunk of the 2016 season and will miss the entirety of 2017, therefore, 2018 will look to be his comeback as he continues to recover from Tommy John Surgery which repaired a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament after receiving a second opinion from New York Mets medical director, Dr. David Altchek.
When Eovaldi has received the news, he was really disappointed about the uncertainty to follow, leaving his career potentially in jeopardy. He briefly spoke to the local media, saying, "A huge blow. When I got the MRI results, I was really surprised."
The unfortunate thing about this case would be that Eovaldi had suffered the same particular injury nine years back while he was a high school junior.
This would also not be the first time that the Rays deal with a case of this sort, given they have past experience with a former Yankee in right-hander chase Whitley, who made his return in October of last season.
When both sides come to an official agreement, the team will look to add Eovaldi to the 40-man roster, however, that will be followed by an immediate transition to the 60-day DL, ultimately making room for yet another addition.
Eovaldi announced back in August that he had suffered a horrendous injury, following two large tears in his throwing elbow, which required serious surgery while ending his tenure in pinstripes.
When the 26-year-old was initially added in a trade from the Miami Marlins back in 2014, the hope was that he would be a key figure in the starting rotation, though, it came to an unexpected end, limiting him to just 24 games in 2016, where he posted an ERA of 4.76 to go alongside a record of 9-8 through 21 games started on the bump.
Looking back on his career as a whole, Eovaldi has played six seasons at the major league level, having thrown for the Marlins, Yankees as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Eovaldi, who is a client of ACES, was originally drafted by Los Angeles back in the 11th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He later signed in July of that season, followed by his MLB debut in August of 2011.
As far as his career-best stats go, Eovaldi posted a 14-3 record in 2015 with New York to go alongside an ERA of 4.20.
Pitchers are catchers are due to report to the team's spring training facility in Port Charlotte, Florida on Monday morning.