As the 2022 season kicks into gear, the Red Sox locked up one of their most important arms when they signed Garrett Whitlock to a four-year, $18.75 million contract over the weekend.
While his value has developed as a reliever during his time in the majors, Boston may identify Whitlock’s potential as a starter, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. The Red Sox beat reporter appeared on NESN to discuss Whitlock’s future role:
“When you look at the particulars of [Whitlock’s] contract, he would get paid more later on in the deal depending on how many innings he throws,” Abraham said during a TV conversation with Tom Caron. “This is obviously something where he’s looking to become a starter over time, and the Red Sox recognize that if he does, he’ll get paid more for doing that. … It might not happen this year, if it does happen this year, maybe it will be later in the season, but eventually, you’re going to see him transition into a starter.”
After bursting onto the scene last season with a 1.96 ERA over 73.1 innings, Whitlock picked up right where he left off to begin 2022. The right-hander dealt 2.1 innings of one-run ball against the Yankees on Opening Day before tossing four no-hit innings on just 39 pitches to secure the win in Detroit on Tuesday. Whether it is through a move to the rotation or remaining versatile as a reliever, Whitlock will continue to have a major impact on the Boston pitching staff for years to come.