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Red Sox Rumors: Garrett Whitlock Agrees to New Contract with $19M Guaranteed

Erin WalshApril 10, 2022

FT. MYERS, FL - MARCH 27: Garrett Whitlock #72 of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the first inning of a Grapefruit League game against the Minnesota Twins on March 27, 2022 at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Boston Red Sox announced Sunday that they have signed reliever Garrett Whitlock to a four-year contract extension that spans 2023-26 with club options for 2027 and 2028. 

The deal is reportedly worth a total of $18.75 million from 2023-26, according to ESPN. The club options are worth $8.25 million in 2027 and $10.5 million in 2028, ESPN added. 

Whitlock said in a press conference Sunday, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne:

“Absolutely. I mean, it's still so surreal. It's crazy. It really hasn't felt like it has hit yet. You know, as me and Jordan were talking this morning, it was just like two years ago -- I was working two jobs, you know, trying to survive the COVID season and everything like that. And so, now, just to be sitting here doing this, it's all very surreal.”

Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom added:

“This is a great day. You all know the talent that Garrett has that's been on display from Day One in Fort Myers last year, all the way up through October. I think a lot of you also know the person that he is -- and when you make this type of commitment, that's just as important. He works hard. He competes. He’s a really good teammate. He's humble. He wants to learn. He respects everyone.”

The Red Sox landed Whitlock by selecting him in the Rule 5 draft from the New York Yankees. The Pinstripes left him unprotected for the draft after he underwent Tommy John surgery. 

The 25-year-old burst onto the scene with Boston during the 2021 season. He appeared in 46 games, posting an 8-4 record with a 1.96 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 81 strikeouts across 73.1 innings. 

It was an impressive season for Whitlock, who was one of Boston's better relievers last season. There was talk of him potentially entering the starting rotation as the Red Sox used him as a starter during spring training. However, Rich Hill earned the team's final rotation spot. 

If Hill or any of Boston's other starters struggle this year, it's possible Whitlock sees some time in the rotation. 

This season, he has appeared in one game, allowing two hits, one of which was a home run, and striking out four batters in 2.1 innings against the Yankees on Opening Day in the Bronx. 

The Red Sox enter Sunday's game against the Yankees having lost two straight games to the Bronx Bombers. Tanner Houck will be on the mound for the final game of the series before the team travels to Detroit for a series against the Tigers.