Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is still leaving the door open for additional moves after acquiring righthanded starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday.
“I can’t say that we’re done for sure,” Dombrowski told reporters at Camden Yards.
Dombrowski said the Red Sox have had “a lot of conversations with a lot of clubs” and haven’t encountered many problems in finding trade partners, despite losing out on Orioles reliever Zach Britton. Dombrowski said Boston elected to pursue Eovaldi over Britton because Eovaldi felt like a better fit, which is likely an indication the team was looking for a pitcher capable of entering the rotation.
The Red Sox acquired Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Jalen Beeks Wednesday. Eovaldi was scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees Wednesday afternoon and said he was not aware a deal was in the works until manager Kevin Cash called him into his office around 10:30 a.m.
“When they say it’s Boston, I can’t help but be excited about that,” Eovaldi told reporters at Tropicana Field. “First place in our division, I mean that says a lot.”
Eovaldi is expected to join the Red Sox on Thursday and make his first start Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. Dombrowski said lefthanded pitcher Brian Johnson will start against the Twins on Thursday and then be moved to the bullpen, though he noted it is possible Eovaldi could also be used in relief as well.
Dombrowski would not say if the Sox still need bullpen help.
Manager Alex Cora said on WEEI Wednesday Eovaldi has “been throwing the ball well” and highlighted his high-speed pitch velocity, his cutter, and his splitter. After missing the entirety of the 2017 season due to recovery from a second Tommy John surgery — the first was in high school — Eovaldi recorded 10 appearances with the Rays this season, logging a 3-4 record and 4.26 ERA.
“I’m really excited about going [to Boston], helping that team,” he said. “Everything’s kind of swirling right now, so we’ll see when I get over there and really take it in.”