Heyman also noted that the Yankees were not interested in giving Nathan Eovaldi a deal longer than three years, which left them out of the running for the Red Sox pitcher.
Mark Feinsand reports the deal is worth a total of $67.5 million. He finished 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, with his one loss coming in an extra-inning affair in Game 3 of the World Series.
But it there's one area in which you can't question Eovaldi as he re-signs with the Red Sox, it's his ability to pitch against Boston's biggest rival, the New York Yankees.
"We're very happy to have Nathan back with us", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement as the deal was announced Thursday.
A 28-year-old right-hander who has had a pair of Tommy John surgeries, Eovaldi was acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay on July 25.
Boston lost the game when Eovaldi surrendered an 18th-inning home run to Max Muncy, but his performance inspired his teammates. He owns a 10-5 record with a 3.70 career ERA in 26 appearances.
Those numbers, of course, include the yeomen's work Eovaldi did against NY during the American League Division Series.
For the Red Sox, he'd presumably slot into the rotation behind Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello, though some clubs have reportedly showed interest in utilizing Eovaldi in a high-leverage relief role.
If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2016 season, the entire 2017 season, and the first two months of the 2018 season.