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Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

Apr 10, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

Clay Buchholz AP

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension on Sunday afternoon that carries a total value of around $30 million.

The deal will cover all three of his arbitration years and his first season of free agency. He’s making just over the league minimum this season.

Buchholz, 26, first made his way to the major leagues in 2007 and finished with a stellar 2.33 ERA and 1.20 WHIP last year. He has ace-like potential and should be a reliable starter for the Red Sox over the course of the new pact. Lefty Jon Lester signed a similar five-year, $30 million contract in March of 2009 and that has obviously worked out well. Boston will hope for more of the same with the right-handed Buchholz.

  1. baseballisboring - Apr 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Say what you will about our bloated free agent signings…but our contract extensions for our homegrown stars (Buch, Lester, Pedroia, Youk) have been quite favorable.

  2. frankvzappa - Apr 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    nothing could be worse than Beckett’s extension last year, but hopefully Buch can get it together soon…if Lester and Bucholz dont pitch well, this whole season will look like the first two weeks have…

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    this has bust written all over it just like the beckett extension

    • baseballisboring - Apr 10, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      Nah…not at all. It’s less than half the money for a younger, better pitcher. $7.5MM is the going rate for like, a 4.25/4.50 ERA pitcher, and Buchholz has the chance to be a hell of a lot better than that.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      That’s pretty obviously a snap negative reaction from a Yankee fan who isn’t taking into account the numbers involved, the arbitration situation, the age difference, or, well… anything. Honestly, this looks nothing like the obviously-bad-at-the-time Beckett extension.

    • JBerardi - Apr 10, 2011 at 11:45 PM

      “this has bust written all over it just like the beckett extension”

      No it doesn’t.



      Well, I guess it’s a stalemate.

  4. dreamkafka - Apr 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Didn’t Beckett also have a bad outing at the time his new contract was announced?

    • Ari Collins - Apr 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM

      Yup.

  5. Ari Collins - Apr 10, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    That’s pretty obviously a snap negative reaction from a Yankee fan who isn’t taking into account the numbers involved, the arbitration situation, the age difference, or, well… anything. Honestly, this looks nothing like the obviously-bad-at-the-time Beckett extension in any way whatsoever.

    • Ari Collins - Apr 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      Sorry for the double-post reply-fail. That’s in response to dirtyharry, not Drew. I blame the HBT comments system, which told me there was an error the first time I tried it.

  6. cur68 - Apr 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Don’t look now but Becket just bageled the Yankees. I’m no Sox fan, but I love an underdog. After the way Becket was being written off, it was pretty nice to see him pitch so well. Even Papelbon had chance to blow it and he came out and dominated. Threw great fastballs; 95mph, on a cold drizzly day @ Fenway. I was afraid that Pedroia was all the offence that team had but Big Papi came through today,too. Maybe the news about Manny got his mojo pumping? The loss drops the Yankees into a tie for 2nd with the Blue Jays, with the Sox & Rays cellar dwelling at the moment. I do believe the Sox are showing signs of some of that promise they had been billed as having. Scary stuff for those of us with teams in the division.

    • pisano - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM

      cur68… Beckett did pitch good tonight, but one other point was made/shown tonight and that’s when you have Posada, Jeter and Gardner in the line-up at the same time it’s a soft line-up. As far as I’m concerned Posada is through, watch how many called third strikes he gets this year. Jeter will be lucky to hit .260 this year, and Gardner I’m hoping is just slow to get started.Posada and Jeter are just too old to compete at this level, both of them have trouble with the fast ball. The Yankees kept them around too long and they will both hurt the team.I hope I’m wrong, but it’s just the way I see it.

      • cur68 - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM

        Pisanp; I hadn’t noticed that about Posada, Jeter, Gardner as a trio. I’m going to keep an eye on that. But hey, Pisano, is it allowable for a Yankee fan to criticize Jeets? Thought they locked you guys up for that. IMO; Posada is done. He needs to retire because he’s hurting his team now. Jeets need to be down the line up and possibly coming off the bench. I know, I know, the collective Yankee world just gasped, crossed themselves, them covered their ears and started humming a tune. It is, however, true. He is not effective as an everyday player. Gardner, though; he’s pretty good IMO. He’ll be tearing the cover off the ball in no time flat. As for Beckett; I can’t believe CC took the loss against Becket like he did today. I’d take Sabbathia any day over Becket, but man did Beckett looked like his old self. Great stuff. He could teach Hughes a thing or two about secondary pitches and when to use a cutter.

      • marinersnate - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:46 AM

        “Posada, Jeter and Gardner in the line-up at the same time it’s a soft line-up.”

        What? A Yankee fan declaring Jeter “the Great one” less than absolutely perfect? There must be some mistake.

        Can you not now be prosecuted under NY state law? Perhaps. go into hiding??

  7. rgledz - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    East coast B.S., who cares. i know we’ll continue to have it shoved down our throats, but really……who cares?

    • Ari Collins - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:15 AM

      The far bigger populations on the East Coast? And the many East Coast transplants in other parts of the country?

      It’s a real shame that you had to read this story about how amazing the AL East is. And it’s a double shame that Drew forced you to not only read his blog but click on an individual article. That kind of shoving things down your throat must really be painful to freedom lovers like yourself.

      • cur68 - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:39 AM

        If you didn’t care why did you read it? Why’d you post? Plenty of other stuff to read and post on.

    • JBerardi - Apr 11, 2011 at 7:01 AM

      So true. HardballTalk would never cover this story if Buchholz played for, say, the Brewers.

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