Red Sox sign Buchholz to four-year extension

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitches against the Blue Jays during at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass....

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz pitches against the Blue Jays during at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. on August 22, 2010. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)

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The Boston Red Sox on Sunday signed right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a four-year contract extension through the 2015 season, with club options for 2016 and 2017.

Prior to the conclusion of a three-game series with the New York Yankees, the club revealed the deal is worth $29.945 million.

"Clay has certainly earned our trust. He's developed a tremendous amount as a player and as a person, from the time that he signed here out of junior college," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "He's really become a trusted guy in this organization. We really trust him going forward. There are no guarantees in this game, but you want to be on the right people."

The move comes one day after the 26-year-old was rocked for eight hits and five runs -- four earned -- with three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the Yankees.

However, the pact most likely rewards Buchholz's strong 2010 campaign, which saw the gangly Texan finish 17-7 with a 2.33 earned run average in 28 starts. Buchholz finished second in the American League in ERA, tied for seventh in wins, and held hitters to an MLB-low .161 average with runners in scoring position.

"If it was me, and I didn't have a wife and a kid that I had to take care of, it might've been a decision I would've had to think about a little bit more," said Buchholz. "But from the first time we talked about it, I knew what my heart was telling me and what my family and I both wanted. That's what drove me to this decision."

Selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft, Buchholz made his major league debut late in the 2007 season, and hurled a no-hitter in his second career start, against Baltimore on September 1 of that year.

Over four-plus seasons, Buchholz has gone 29-23 with a 3.77 ERA in 66 games (64 starts).


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