The 2019 season for Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox did not yield the results they were expecting. The Red Sox are eliminated from AL East contention just one year after winning the World Series, and Porcello struggled in a contract year.
With free agency months away, Porcello was asked about how he'd approach the upcoming winter, and he had a rather blunt answer.
“I’m not thinking about it right now, man,” Porcello said, via Christopher Smith of Mass Live. “I haven’t gotten anybody out in two months. I’ve got to get somebody out again before taking those steps. Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen. It will take care of itself. Honestly, it’s been a tough year, frustrating year. It’s been a grind physically and mentally. And I’m still here with the Red Sox and I plan to finish this contract."
Porcello is in the final season of his four-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox. During his tenure in Boston, Porcello has a World Series and AL Cy Young award to his credit.
Yet, this season was nightmarish for Porcello. The veteran right-hander owns a 12-12 record, along with a career-worst 5.83 ERA.
The Red Sox do have the option to sending Porcello a qualifying offer in 2020, but with Dave Dombrowski fired last week, his status in Boston is more up in the air than usual.
If his comments have proven anything over the season, it's that Porcello is his own harshest critic.