The Red Sox announced a four-year extension with the right hand Garrett Whitlockwith club options also covering the 2027 and 2028 seasons. Whitlock will earn $18.75 million over the four guaranteed years (2023-26) for the deal, according to Chris Cotillo from MassLive.com, and a 2027 option valued at $8.25 million with a $1 million purchase. The 2028 option would pay Whitlock $10.5 million, with a $500,000 purchase. With escalators, option years can be worth an additional $4 million in extra money per season.
Whitlock was already controlled by refereeing through the 2026 season, so the extension gives the Red Sox some confidence in cost and also some additional control in his first two years as the free agent. Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Magazine (Twitter link) in annual detail, starting with a $1 million signing bonus. Whitlock earns $1 million in 2023, $3.25 million in 2024, $5.25 million in 2025, and $7.25 million in 2026.
If both escalators were maxed out, Whitlock would land a total of $44 million over the six-year extension. Cotillo He adds that Whitlock is also still eligible for the league’s pre-arbitrator bonus pool both this season and in 2023, so the right has a chance of getting more money.
It’s not a bad pay day for a bowler who, barely a year after making his MLB debut, has never played at the Triple-A level. The Yankees’ 18th-round pick in the 2017 draft, Whitlock had some solid numbers in his first three seasons but underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2019. Without any sort of 2020 season, Whitlock was seen as something an under-the-radar pick when he picked him The Red Sox is away from New York in the December 2020 Fifth Base Draft.
As it turned out, Whitlock now stands as one of the best Rule 5 success stories in recent memory. The Novice scored 1.96 ERA, 49.7% average, 27.2% strike rate, and 5.7% walk rate over 73 1/3 rounds, serving as a multi-turn lockout from the Red Sox bullpen. Whitlock’s surprise appearance was a major factor in Boston’s run to the ALCS, and the team has now locked him in as a contributor for the better part of the decade.
Nodes escalators are partly related to the turn-set, reflecting the possibility of Whitlock eventually moving from the base of the bulls to the turn. There was some consideration for using Whitlock as a starter this year, but Sox chose to be as flexible as possible with proper use. Will collaborate with Whitlock Rich Hill With a backpacking style to start the year, which also offers Whitlock release to play in other games in high leverage situations.
This is the third extension of Chaim Bloom’s term as head of baseball in Boston, and the second to include a relief pitcher, two years after the $18.75 million agreement that was finalized with Matt Barnes last summer. Despite similar guaranteed salaries, there aren’t many companies between the two decades, with Barnes only a few months away from entering the free agent market. Whitlock, on the other hand, turns 26 in June and thus wouldn’t have hit the open market until he was about to turn 31.
While his $247.5K bounty was more than usual for the 18th-placed, and the new pre-arbitrator set provides an additional avenue for more earnings for pre-ARB players, it’s not hard to see why (with TJ surgery) already on his autobiography) keen to secure a life-changing fortune early on in his career. There was clear appeal from Boston as well, with the extension being a good bargain for the team even if Whitlock “only” remains a way to ease the lockdown. If Whitlock does eventually emerge as a novice, the Red Sox will benefit from this early investment in the right hand.
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