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McAdam: In contemplating three of their own free agents, Red Sox must determine value of ‘stepping up’ in October

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- On the way to their recent World Series championship, the Red Sox got huge contributions from three somewhat unlikely sources: pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Joe Kelly, as well as first baseman Steve Pearce.

Eovaldi performed brilliantly throughout October, appearing in six games -- including two starts -- and compiling a 1.61 ERA. His six-inning, 97-pitch relief appearance in Game 3 of the World Series was heroic.

Kelly, meanwhile, overcame an inconsistent regular season to toss six scoreless innings in the World Series and allowed just one earned run over 11.1 postseason innings. Pearce enjoyed two monster games in the World Series, with three homers and a bases-clearing double in Games 4 and 5 to capture the World Series MVP trophy.

As fate would have it, all three are now eligible for free agency, which surely represents good timing for them as they enter the market.

But it leaves unanswered a bigger question: how much more should the Red Sox -- or any other team, for that matter -- be willing to pay in free agency in recognition of the monster postseasons enjoyed by all three.