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Red Sox exercise 2016 option on right-hander Buchholz

BOSTON, MA - JULY 10: Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox signals to the dugout as Clay Buchholz #11 reacts on the mound in the fourth inning New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Buchholz left the game moments later. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 10: Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox signals to the dugout as Clay Buchholz #11 reacts on the mound in the fourth inning New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 10, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Buchholz left the game moments later. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz has made 20 starts just twice in the past five seasons.

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The Boston Red Sox exercised their 2016 team option on right-hander Clay Buchholz, the team announced Tuesday.

The 31-year-old went 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts this past season before being shut down in mid-July because of an elbow injury. He struck out 107 batters in 113 1/3 innings.

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The two-time All-Star will make $13 million next season.

Buchholz has spent his entire nine-season major-league career with Boston, going 73-51 with a 3.85 ERA.