The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that they struck a contract with starting pitcher Rick Porcello, agreeing to a four-year, $82 million deal according to multiple reports.
By Peter Elliott – Lead MLB and NFL Writer – @redsoxforever42
Porcello signed a one-year deal with the Sox worth $12.5 million avoiding salary arbitration.
Porcello’s deal will kick in in 2016 and will pay him $82.5 million with a $500,000 signing bonus.
The 26 year-old was traded from the Detroit Tigers this winter for Red Sox slugger Yoenis Cespedes. This deal came a week after Tigers President David Dombrowski announced he had no plans to trade a starting pitcher.
The right-hander will make his Boston Red Sox debut Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune, Porcello wrote about his extension saying:
The organization offers every opportunity for you to excel as a player on the field, so it’s understandable why the expectations are so high.
We have a special thing going here, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.
Primarily a groundball pitcher, Porcello had a 3.43 ERA last year, hurled 204.2 innings, threw 129 strikeouts, and finished with a record of 15-13.
Porcello is also known for his sinkerball, a pitch that has helped him earn 655 career strikeouts.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.