Clay Buchholz an important piece in the Red Sox’ pitching puzzle

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Clay Buchholz is a pretty wealthy young man already. He’ll earn $7.7 million this year and then can anticipate salaries of $12 million, $13 million, and $13.5 million the next three years after that, with the final two seasons team options.

He warrants those numbers because he is the most talented pitcher the Red Sox have.

It almost becomes imperative now that Buchholz starts to assume the responsibilities of ace and leader. After all, nobody knows how the Jon Lester contract negotiations are going to turn out over the next couple of weeks.

Buchholz has ace stuff but doesn’t have Lester’s durability, something he hopes to change starting this season.

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