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Breaking down the Buchholz contract terms

04.10.11 at 6:04 pm ET
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Here is the breakdown of the four-year, $29.945 million extension that the Red Sox signed with Clay Buchholz:

Signing bonus: $1 million

2012: $3.5 million
2013: $5.5 million
2014: $7.7 million
2015: $12 million

The 2016 club option is for $13 million (with a buyout of $245,000), while the team option for the 2017 season is for $13.5 million (with a $500,000 buyout). The 2017 option increased to $14 million if Buchholz finishes either first or second in Cy Young voting during the contract.

The signing bonus and buyout of the 2016 option bring the value of the first four years of the deal to a guaranteed $29.945 million.Coupled with the $550,000 that Buchholz is making this season, Buchholz would be guaranteed $30.495 million from 2011 through 2015.

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