After today's win, the Red Sox made it official that they have signed pitcher Rick Porcello to a four year extension worth $82.5 million. I understand that this is a lot of money for a guy who hasn't thrown a pitch in a Red Sox uniform yet, but I think the Sox learned from Jon Lester not to let a guy go for too long without extending him. This deal will take Porcello to his age 30 season.
Porcello (26 years old), who was acquired this offseason from Detroit in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, posted an impressive 15-13 record with 3.43 ERA and a career high 204 innings pitched a season ago. Porcello has started at least 27 games in every one of his major league seasons and is just the third pitcher to ever record six 10-win seasons before the age of 26. With Porcello comes consistency, something the Red Sox love in their pitchers. He's a guy that will go out and give you innings every time out, and with the Red Sox offense so dangerous, it'll make Porcello's job a little less stressful.
If Porcello can produce, he will hit the market after his age 30 season and could potentially lock up a big time deal that off-season, just like Jon Lester and Max Scherzer did.
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