Red Sox Hand Out Massive Extension To Young Starter

 The Boston Red Sox haven't groomed many homegrown top starting pitching prospects in recent years, so it's not surprising when they finally have one, they don't plan to let him go. Boston has signed Brayan Bello to a six-year extension.

The deal is worth $55 million, and includes a club option for a 7th year worth $21 million.

The 24-year-old is now locked up into the 2030s. 

In a 10-start stretch that spanned May and June last year, Bello flashed his huge potential, when he recorded a 2.37 ERA and struck out 53 batters over 60 2/3 innings. He pitched seven innings in four of those 10 starts. He had a bit more of an unremarkable stretch to finish the season, and wound up posting a 4.24 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 28 starts. That was a big improvement over his first taste of the majors in 2022, when he went 2-8 with a 4.71 ERA in 13 starts.

"He's an exciting, young starting pitcher that was acquired and developed internally. I think he embodies exactly what we're trying to do," said Red Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow.

"We still think that his best years are ahead of him. We recognize some opportunities to further optimize the repertoire and we're super excited about having him."

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