Reporter Yoon-Jun Ko = It is reported that Tanner Hauk, who plays an active part in the pitching staff of the Boston Red Sox, between the starter and the bullpen, had a conversation with the club.
Hauk said in an interview with ‘Mass Live’ on the 23rd (Korean time), “I had a conversation with the club, but there was no result. We are very satisfied with the current situation. There is no need to rush,” he said.
Boston signed Garrett Whitlock to a four-year, $18.75 million deal last year, and Hauk was also considered another extension candidate. And it seems that the conversation actually took place during the same period.
Hauk was selected by Boston in the 2017 first round, 24th overall. After that, he stepped on the big league stage for the first time in the 2020 season, and went back and forth between the opener, long relief, and winning group until last year. He recorded 9 wins, 9 losses, 3.02 ERA, 2 holds, 9 saves and 164 strikeouts in 53 games (20 starts).
Last year, he went 5-4 with a 3.15 ERA, 1 hold, 8 saves and 56 strikeouts, mostly out of the bullpen. He will turn 27 in June and will become a free agent after the 2027 season, so he still has plenty of room. 안전놀이터
Hauk has been consistently listed as an extension candidate along with Triston Casas and Brajan Bello, but he has also been listed as a trade candidate, as he has not firmly settled in either the starter or bullpen.
He said, “I want to focus on what I have to do. If you are good at baseball, you can get big money, and everything will be solved naturally. For now, I will pour everything into the field.”
This season, Hauk is expected to appear in more games as a reliever than as a starting rotation. There are healthy Chris Sale, Nick Pivetta and Whitlock in the starting lineup, and newly joined Corey Kluber is making his name.
Hauk is expected to line up the bullpen with closers Kenley Jansen, Chris Martin, John Shriver and Joely Rodriguez.