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Buchholz, Red Sox agree to four-year extension

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Buchholz, Red Sox agree to four-year extension

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Red Sox have signed right-hander Clay Buchholz to a four-year extension through the 2015 season, with club options for 2016 and 2017.

According to CSNNE.coms Sean McAdam, the deal could be worth 55.2 million over the course of its life. Buchholz is set to earn 3.5 million in 2011, 5.5 million in 2013, 7.7 million in 2014, 12 million in 2015, with club options for 13 million in 2016 and 13.5 million in 2017.

The Red Sox acquired Buchholz, 26, in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft as compensation for losing Pedro Martinez to the Mets in free agency. Buchholz is 29-23 with a 3.68 ERA in his career. In 2010 he posted a record of 17-7, with a 2.33 ERA, second in the American League behind Felix Hernandezs 2.27. With Jon Lester, he was named Red Sox pitcher of the year. In August, he went 4-0 (1.03) in six starts and was named AL pitcher of the month.

This season, he is 0-2 (7.20) in two starts.

"Very happy for Clay and happy for the ballclub," said Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We see Clay as homegown, a core member of this ballclub. This is similar to deals we did with 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.

This allows him to go out and focus on the mound and do what he does best. It gives Clay and his family great security and gives the club cost control and control deeper in Clay's career than arbitration would have afforded."

Epstein said the deal was negotiated by assistant general manager Ben Cherington and Buchholzs agent, who joined him at Fenway Park for the announcement. Buchholzs wife Lindsay, their daughter Colbi, and his parents were also there.

"I think security is what every players wants, Buchholz said. Being drafted by the Red Sox, it's the only place I've been. It's been a pleasure working with the front office. My family has been supportive of everything. Going forward, security is a big thing for us."

Buchholz said he considered going year to year, as Jonathan Papelbon, who will be a free agent after this season, has chosen to do.

I gave it a lot of thought, he said. It was a difficult decision in that aspect of it. You play this game to be secure and make money because you cant play baseball forever. If it was just me, and I didn't have a wife or kid, it might have been a decision we would have thought about more. I knew what my heart was telling me and what my family wanted."

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Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

BOSTON — Even before Mookie Betts wrist flared up and Eduardo Nunez re-aggravated his knee Monday, the Red Sox’ health situation looked tenuous heading into the final week of the regular season. Particularly when it came to position players. Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup Monday after a 1-for-26 road trip.

Now the scene turns scary. Consider that every other American League team that has clinched a postseason spot (or in the case of the Twins, is expected to) is one of the majors’ top five teams in runs scored per game: the Astros, Yankees, Indians and Twins. The Sox are 10th. 

The Sox lineup lacks firepower to begin with. Losing any more at this time of year is a recipe for a rough October.

"It sucks. It sucks," Nunez said. "Especially this time of year when it's close to the playoffs. It sucks."

The regular-season results show the Sox have adapted well overall when guys like Pedroia and Nunez have missed time. But that’s the regular season, and adding Betts to the mix is just disquieting.

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Nunez on Monday returned to the lineup for the first time in 16 days. Now he isn’t expected back until during the Astros series, his right knee injury re-aggravated

But there’s room for good news yet. Betts is to get his left wrist examined Tuesday. A positive prognosis there, and there should be a sense of a crisis averted. On Monday night, he expected to be fine, but he also didn't know what was going on. 

Farrell before the game made clear Nunez wasn’t exactly full go yet.

“[His return is] quicker than what it possibly could have been. You’re talking about a ligament damage to the PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and I know it’s less severe than an ACL/MCL, but still it’s about pain tolerance,” Farrell said. “It’s about managing it. His body has to recondition to take care of that. His muscles have to respond in a different way. … If he feels a little bit of a zinger, that’s going to go away. He’s not putting himself at further risk.”

Farrell said after the game the feeling is Nunez didn’t do any new damage, but nonetheless, it’s easy to think now the Sox should have waited longer

Meanwhile, Pedroia’s been managing a left knee injury all season and didn’t play.

“When the knee starts to talk back to him a little bit, we’ve all got to listen to it and give him a down day,” Farrell said. “I would expect him to be back on the  field tomorrow.”

Farrell thought it reasonable to connect the knee to Pedroia’s recent poor performance hitting wise.

All year, resiliency has been a buzzword for Sox because of their propensity for late-inning comebacks. Sunday’s eighth-inning rally against the Reds was the latest example, leading to the Sox’ 42nd come-from-behind win. 

How they’ve dealt with a variety of health situations adds another layer to their reputation for handling adversity. Per spotrac.com, the Sox have had the fifth most disabled list days this season, 1,601. 

The Indians were doubted going into last year’s postseason because of health situations with their pitching. They did pretty well. But it’d also be foolish to minimize the importance of injuries to Pedroia, Nunez and Betts, and how they look heading into October.

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

BOSTON — First Mookie Betts right hand was bothering him. Now his left wrist is acting up to the point he was pulled from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and is headed for an exam to find out what's going on Monday.

"I’m not really that concerned. I think I’m  going to be fine," Betts said. "Just a couple days ago. I just took a swing and felt it. It’s just been kind of painful for swings, but that’s just the part of the season."

Betts felt it again on a swing Monday.

Betts, who's always a calm guy, didn't seem to be particularly worried. But when he was asked to describe the sensation, it sounded far from pleasant.

"Just like a sharp pain," Betts said. "I can’t really move my hand for a little bit, but I think, again, I don’t really know what’s going on. We’ll find out tomorrow."

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