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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McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

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McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss the Red Sox bullpen giving up a 4-run lead in the late innings of their loss to the Blue Jays.

Watch the video above.

Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays

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Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays

Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays…

1) Toronto’s offense can never be taken lightly.

Coming into the series, the Blue Jays had scored 197 runs, putting them in the middle of the pack among all Major League teams and averaging four runs per game. In the two games against Boston, they’ve scored 17 runs.

So an offense that had appeared to be dormant has been woken up thanks to some subpar Red Sox pitching.

It seems like these two teams are very similar and could be in opposite positions just as easily. The Blue Jays are only three behind in the win column (five in the loss), so Boston needs to win David Price’s Sunday start to widen the gap and cut their three-game skid.

2) Craig Kimbrel is only effective for so long.

Boston’s closer wasn’t giving excuses following Saturday’s game -- and this isn’t one either.

Saturday’s 39-pitch performance wasn’t just his season-high, but his career high in pitches.

This not only resulted in a drop in Kimbrel’s velocity, but it exposed flaws in the Red Sox’ pen. Kimbrel is truly a one-inning guy, so if Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara can’t get him the ball, he’s useless.

And it seems like Uehara won’t be used on back-to-back days frequently in the near future, so Boston won’t be able to use Tazawa in a seventh inning role with much consistency.

Somewhere along the way Dave Dombrowski will need to find another reliever for the back-end of the bullpen.

3) Offense can only take a team so far.

Both teams had big offensive days, in large part because pitchers from both sides made a lot of mistakes -- but they still took advantage of them.

Had the Red Sox been the home team in this contest, there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t have won -- just based on the progression of the game and ignoring any statistical splits.

If the Red Sox are serious about making the postseason, they need pitching to pick up the slack once in a while. Because when they hit the road late in the year, games like will slip away when quality pitching is lacking.

Quotes, notes and stars: 'Unfortunate situation at a key moment'

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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Unfortunate situation at a key moment'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays:
 
QUOTES
*“We’ve seen Hanley [Ramirez] catch that ball multiple times...An unfortunate situation at a key moment.” John Farrell said of the final play of the game.
 
*As soon as I let it go I thought he was out...I feel like that game kind of slipped away from us.” -Travis Shaw said of his throw in the final play of the game.
 
*“Everybody was so excited on the bench. We’d lost the lead and to have him come through in that situation . . . It was huge.” -Hanley Ramirez on David Ortiz’s go-ahead homerun in the ninth inning.
 
*“We’re a strike away on a number of occasions . . . you watch the attack plan all day long right-handers with curveballs were having success against [Justin] Smoak.” -Farrell said of the bullpen’s performance and Smoak’s ninth inning hit off Craig Kimbrel.
 
*“If he makes an accurate throw he’s out.” -Farrell on Christian Vazquez’s errant throw in the ninth inning.
 
*“In some key spots we gave an extra 90 feet when otherwise we have not of late.” -Farrell said about Boston’s inability to execute late in the game.

NOTES
*Xander Bogaerts has hit safely in his last 21 games, extending his streak with a home run to lead off the fourth inning. He’s hitting .402 with five home runs during the streak. Bogaerts logged his ninth three-hit game of 2016.
 
* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to five games with his first-inning double. Pedroia has also hit safely in his past 22 games against Toronto. He’s hitting .444 during the short streak.
 
*David Ortiz extended his own hitting streak to six games with a double in the fourth. He's hitting .520 over that span.
 
* Russell Martin logged his fifth multi-hit game of the season -- and first three-hit game -- smacking a double and a home run. Martin entered the game batting .179 with three extra-base hits.
 
 
STARS
1) Russell Martin

Not only did he score the winning run, but he also tied the score in the ninth and launched a home run earlier in the game.
 
2) Xander Bogaerts
Another threre-hit performance, extending his hitting streak to 21 games, Bogaerts keeps creating headaches for opposing pitchers.
 
3) Rick Porcello
On a day where pitchers from both side scuffled, Porcello’s 6 2/3-inning effort gave Boston more than enough of a chance to win.