Boston Red Sox

After emerging as one of the most versatile and valuable relievers in baseball, Garrett Whitlock cashed in on Sunday when he signed a four-year extension worth $18.75 million to stay with the Red Sox through at least 2026.

After coming to Boston in the Rule 5 Draft in 2020, Whitlock expressed his gratitude to the organization while speaking to the media on Sunday.

“I mean, it’s an honor,” Whitlock said (via Ian Browne). “You know, I told Mr. Chaim and AC, just like last year, when they took me in the Rule 5 Draft, it was an honor.”

In 2021, Whitlock posted a 1.96 ERA across 73.1 IP with 81 strikeouts. In his first appearance of 2022 on Opening Day, the right-hander tossed 2.1 innings on one-run ball with no walks and four strikeouts.

With an established role in Boston, Whitlock will pitch again during the Detroit series this week.

Mazz: How the Red Sox played hardball with Giancarlo Stanton last night - and won

  • Stanton's stance, 2014

    Giancarlo Stanton, 2014This screen grab is just before the pitch from Milwaukee pitcher Mike Fiers that struck Giancarlo Stanton in the face in 2014. Note that his feet are basically square. He even more slightly toward the plate with his front foot as the pitcher began his deliver.

  • Stanton's stance, 2018

    Giancarlo Stanton, 2018By the time Stanton arrived in New York in 2018, he had closed his stance dramatically to try to combat his tendency for pulling off the ball, a bad habit that allowed pitchers (particularly right-handers) to routinely get him with pitches to the outer part of the plate.

  • Stanton's stance, 2022

    Stanton's Stance, 2022

    Based on this screen grab last night, Stanton has found a midpoint between where he was in 2014 and where he was in 2018. He is 5-for-13 with two home runs to start this season.

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