Red Sox Extend Rick Porcello
The Boston Red Sox started off 2015 on the right foot with an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. Shortly thereafter, the team shocked a ton of people around Major League Baseball, when Boston announced they have signed starter Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension through 2019.
Porcello is scheduled to make his debut for the club this Wednesday night against Philadelphia, and he will do so with the comfort of a brand new contract. This comes as a major surprise, because just one day ago, Porcello and the Red Sox “reportedly” agreed to table contract discussions until after the season. Rick Porcello cited he did not want any distractions, and he just wanted to go out and pitch. Well, now he certainly won’t have any lingering contract distractions.
According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, the four-year extension is worth $82.5 million. Porcello will still make the $12.5 million he was scheduled to make this season, and will receive $20M, $20M, $21M and $21M in the four years of the deal. The deal also includes half a million signing bonus. The team definitely pulled the wool over all of our eyes and hammered away at this extension behind closed doors.
The 26-year-old Rick Porcello is coming off a career-year in 2014 where he posted a 15-13 record with a 3.43 ERA and his game and numbers will only continue to improve. Porcello grew up a native New Englander, so clearly upon arrival, he knew this is where he wanted to pitch.
Porcello in an interview with The Players Tribune, said he was elated to announce he had agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox:
“What really sold me on the idea of staying here for many more years was the people. Players here work their tails off and are on a daily mission to win. Coaches here don’t just focus on their own area of concentration; they’re constantly looking at how the team as a whole can get better. 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. I wouldn’t have it any other way and couldn’t be happier.”
Porcello also cited he is thrilled for his family to be able to attend more games and watch him pitch, which obviously played a major factor in his decision.
This is a great deal for both parties involved, there is no doubt about it. Porcello will give Red Sox the stability and innings they are looking for at the front-end of their rotation and he may even pose as a potential 20-game winner paired with that deadly lineup.
Rick Porcello concluded, “From what I have been told, there’s no better place to win than in Boston. I can’t wait to do so with this group in front of the best fans in the world. We have a special thing going here, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
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