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Links: Buchholz contract good for Red Sox

4/11/2011

Chip Buck over at our Red Sox blog, Fire Brand of the AL, explains why the Clay Buchholz deal is sweet for the Red Sox.

I'm with Chip. Buchholz's contract calls for a salary of $12 million in 2015 (in what would have been his first free-agent season) with option years at $13 million in 2016 and 2017. Buchholz doesn't have to pitch as well as last season for this to be a good deal for Boston. Put it this way: They get his first three free-agent years at $37 million ... or $1 million more than the Mets paid Oliver Perez. If Buchholz remains healthy, the Sox will get a positive return on their investment.

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