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Garrett Whitlock’s contract extension is a big L for Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have signed Garrett Whitlock for a contract extension after his outstanding season. Whitlock is a former Rule 5 pick from the Yankees roster.

It’s very rare to see such quick bragging rights from baseball’s most famous rivalry, but Whitlock made sure of that for the Red Sox last season. In 2021, Whitlock attended 46 games and recorded an 8-4 record with a 1.96 ERA and 1.105 WHIP. He was one of the most trusted emergency workers in the Boston bullpen.

Given his recent success and age (he’s only 25), the Red Sox opted to extend Whitlock while they had the chance. On Sunday afternoon, they announced an extension of at least four years until the 2026 season. The contract includes club options for the 2027 and 2028 campaigns should Boston choose to use them.

The contract with Garrett Whitlock is a win for the Red Sox, a loss for the Yankees

In the *cough* current table, the Yankees won their first two games of the season against Boston.

In terms of the long game, however, the Red Sox have certainly come out on top since last season. Having knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs and now renewed a former Rule 5 draft pick from New York’s roster, things have been tough for the Bronx boys of late. According to the Red Sox press release, Whitlock’s numbers are incredibly impressive:

“Whitlock became only the 10th Red Sox pitcher of the live ball era (since 1920) to pitch at least 70.0 innings and record a sub-2.00 ERA. Among the 30 rookies to pitch at least 70.0 innings in 2021, Whitlock ranked first in ERA, second in WHIP, and third in Ops Ops (.631).

However, it is a new season. Affordable signings and metaphorical wins can only go so far. Expect a hotly contested race between these two teams in the coming months.

https://fansided.com/2022/04/10/red-sox-garrett-whitlock-contract-extension/ Garrett Whitlock’s contract extension is a big L for Yankees

John Verrall

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