The Rays took care of the easy part of their off-season business on Thursday, picking up a $2-million option on RHP Nathan Eovaldi and reinstating him and three others from the 60-day DL.

Eovaldi, 27, spent 2017 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, returning to make several rehab appearances during the minor-league playoffs, and manager Kevin Cash said they expect him to play a key role in their 2018 rotation. The option was part of the deal when the Rays signed Eovaldi going into the 2017 season, in which they paid him $2-million to rehab.

Eovaldi can earn up to an additional $3,500,000 based on innings and games started. (He has a similar package on incentives based on relief innings, appearances and games finished.)