Red Sox Sign Pitcher To Extension

The Boston Red Sox have signed Garrett Whitlock to a four-year, $18.75 million contract extension. It will begin during the 2023 season and come with team options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons. 

When remembering the way that the Red Sox landed Whitlock, it certainly shows how quickly things can change. Before the 2021 season, Boston selected him at the Rule 5 Draft from the New York Yankees. At the time, it wasn't viewed as a major move, but Whitlock has been excellent since. During the 2021 season as a rookie, he sported an 8-4 record and 1.96 ERA in 46 games. Thus, it makes sense that Boston wanted to sign him long-term.

It will be intriguing to see if Whitlock can carry over this kind of success to the 2022 campaign. During his first outing this season, he allowed one run in 2.1 innings pitched.

Nevertheless, this is a big move by the Red Sox. It shows that they have a lot of trust in Whitlock's ability. Furthermore, it's obviously great news for the 25-year-old, too.

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