Erin WalshApril 10, 2022
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A four-year contract extension has been signed by the Boston Red Sox with relief pitcher Garrett Whitlock.

The deal is worth $18.25 million over the course of 26 years. The club options are worth millions of dollars.

The New York Yankees had a Rule 5 draft and the Red Sox picked him up. He underwent Tommy John surgery and the Pinstripes left him protected for the draft.

The 25-year-old burst onto the scene with Boston. He appeared in 46 games and had an

It was an impressive season for Whitlock, who was one of Boston's better relief pitchers. He was thought to be entering the starting rotation as the team used him as a starter.

If Hill or any of Boston's other starters struggle this year, it's possible that Whitlock sees some time in the rotation.

He has appeared in one game this season, allowing two hits, one of which was a home run, and striking out four batters in 2.1 frames against the Yankees on opening day.

The Red Sox have lost two straight games to the Yankees. The team travels to Detroit for a series against the Tigers before the final game of the series.