Rays exercise option on RHP Eovaldi for next season

Eovaldi missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, when he was with the New York Yankees. (Seth Wenig/AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a $2 million club option for next season on pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

The right-hander missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery in August 2016, when he was with the New York Yankees.

Under the contract the 27-year-old signed last winter, Eovaldi can earn up to $3.5 million in performance bonuses as a starter or $3 million as a reliever in 2018.

The right-hander last pitched in the majors two years ago, when he was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 21 starts and three relief appearances. He is 38-46 with a 4.21 career ERA over parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins.

Eovaldi’s best season was 2015, when he was 14-3 with 4.20 ERA with New York.

The pitcher can earn $1.75 million based on starts: $150,000 for 22, $250,000 for 24, $350,000 for 26, $450,000 for 28 and $550,000 for 30. He also can make $1.75 million based on innings as a starter: $150,000 for 160, $250,000 for 170, $350,000 for 180, $450,000 for 190 and $550,000 for 200.

He could earn $750,000 for relief innings: $100,000 for 40, $125,000 for 45, $150,000 for 50, $175,000 for 55 and $200,000 for 60. Eovaldi also could make $750,000 for relief appearances: $100,000 for 40, $125,000 for 45, $150,000 for 50, $175,000 for 55 and $200,000 for 60.

He has $1.5 million in bonuses for games finished: $125,000 each for 25 and 30, $150,000 for 35, $175,000 for 40, $200,000 for 45, $225,000 for 50 and $250,000 apiece for 55 and 60.