Dennis Eckersley: Rick Porcello’s Contract Good Deal For Red Sox (Video)

The Boston Red Sox lost out on Jon Lester in free agency. They’re not about to let the same thing happen with Rick Porcello.

After the Red Sox’s Opening Day win over the Philadelphia Phillies, the team and Porcello agreed to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $82.5 million.

That might seem like a hefty sum for a player who has yet to throw a pitch in a Boston uniform. Yet the 26-year-old is coming off the best season of his career with the Detroit Tigers, and if he continues that performance with the Sox, he could earn his money’s worth and more.

Before Porcello’s Red Sox debut Wednesday night, NESN’s Dennis Eckersley weighed in with his two cents on the deal.

“The thing you have to like about it is the four years,” Eckersley said. “… If he plays out his option and becomes a free agent, you’re going to have to go up to six years and more money. … They’ve got themselves a deal if he pitches the way that they think he can.”

Hear more from Eckersley on Porcello in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

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