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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.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).