After a stellar season, the Boston Red Sox have extended reliever Garrett Whitlock’s contract. Whitlock was a former Yankees Rule 5 draft pick.
It’s rare to see such swift bragging rights emerge from baseball’s most storied rivalry, but Whitlock did so for the Red Sox last season. Whitlock pitched in 46 games in 2021, posting an 8-4 record, 1.96 ERA, and 1.105 WHIP. In Boston’s bullpen, he was one of the most trustworthy relievers.
The Red Sox decided to extend Whitlock while he was still young (he’s only 25 years old) because of his recent success. They announced a four-year extension on Sunday afternoon, at least through the 2026 season. If Boston chooses to use them, the deal includes club options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons.
Garrett Whitlock contract is win for Red Sox, loss for Yankees
The Yankees have won the first two games of the season over Boston in the *coughs* actual standings.
However, since last season, the Red Sox have had the upper hand in terms of the long game. It’s been a hard ride for the Bronx Bombers lately, with them knocking the Yankees out of the playoffs and now extending a former Rule 5 draft pick off their roster. According to the Red Sox press release, Whitlock’s figures are incredible.
“Whitlock became only the 10th Red Sox pitcher in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to throw at least 70.0 innings and record an ERA below 2.00. Among the 30 rookies who threw at least 70.0 innings in 2021, Whitlock ranked first in ERA, second in WHIP, and third in opponent OPS (.631).”
It is, however, a new season. Signings on the cheap and figurative successes will only get you so far. In the months ahead, expect a tight race between these two teams.