The Red Sox have wrapped up a member of their “core” until 2015 — at least.
The team yesterday announced starter Clay Buchholz has agreed to a four-year extension with club options for 2016 and ’17. The deal is believed to be worth some $30.5 million for the guaranteed seasons.
“Very happy for Clay and happy for the ballclub,” GM Theo Epstein said. “We see Clay as homegown, a core member of this ballclub. This is similar to deals we did Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis — and we expect Clay to be here for a long time and be a part of winning clubs.”
Buchholz, who debuted in 2007 at age 22, looked like an ace last year, posting a 2.33 ERA in 27 starts.
He’s off to a poor beginning to 2011, though, with two losses and a 7.20 ERA in two outings. He’s given up five home runs so far.