The Red Sox to pick up Clay Buchholz’s $13.5 million option

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From the World Series to the hot stove in less than 12 hours. Baseball never sleeps, folks.

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will soon announce that they are picking up Clay Buchholz’s $13.5 million option for 2017.

Buchholz had a forgettable 2016, posting an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139.1 as a swingman. It’s a weak free agent market, however, and the Sox can’t necessarily assume they could replace even that level of production on the open market. If they declined the option, meanwhile, they would be unlikely to keep Buchholz in the fold because he’d actually look pretty good to a lot of teams.

Not that this is just a security play. Buchholz rebounded in the second half, so it’s not crazy to think that the 32-year-old former ace can rebound for a full year in 2017.