Aaron Gleeman

Red Sox pick up $13 million option on Clay Buchholz

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Despite finishing this season on the disabled list Clay Buchholz will be back with the Red Sox in 2016, as the team exercised its $13 million option on the right-hander.

Buchholz missed most of July and all of August and September with an elbow injury, logging just 113 innings. Before being shut down he was very good, posting a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 18 starts, but Buchholz’s year-to-year performance has been wildly inconsistent and durability has always been an issue.

Of course, by picking up his 2016 option the Red Sox are essentially signing him to a one-year, $13 million deal that also includes an option for 2017, which is very reasonable for a team in need of rotation help.