For years in Boston there has been hype around pitcher Clay Buchholz since he pitched in AA Portland (ME). Some labeled him as the next ace of the Boston Red Sox, and some said he could be a perennial All-Star.
Of course in glimpses we see the brilliance of his repertoire, he has pitched a no hitter and for the 1st half of last season he was beyond brilliant at a 12-1 record. But what comes with the brilliance and potential is false hope and many nagging injuries that continuously riddle his promising career.
At the age of 29, it’s time to look at Buchholz for what he’s done as he could be a potential free agent in 2016 (via team option). He has a solid record of (60-37) with an ERA of 3.82. Not exactly an ace for a MLB team.
The @RedSox place RHP Clay Buchholz on 15-day DL retro to 5/27 (hyperextended left knee); recall RHP Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) May 28, 2014
It may be time to give up on the injury-prone Buchholz and get value for him before it’s too late. They also should have done this with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury before he took off to New York this past December.
His best season to date would probably be 2010, posting a (17-7) record with an ERA of 2.33. But even with the 6th place finish in the CY Young vote, he never has started 30 games in a season. He’s also never struck out over 129 batters in a season. That 2010 season was also when he was 25 years of age.
The Red Sox season is hanging in the balance beam as we speak, no way of telling which direction they could go. But when there are players like Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, among other big names, they need to make a bold move to keep them in contention.
A new start for the 29-year-old pitcher could be great for him, and would also help the team getting a big name bat to help an offense that has been inconsistent all season long.
This would give Ortiz a bat behind him at clean-up or ahead of him in the three hole could place Napoli as the fifth hitter and have Boogarts and Victorino batting at the top of the line-up.
The AL East is by far a winnable division but Toronto and New York will go above and beyond to get assets in order to compete. But in all fairness, the Red Sox have a multitude of assets, including a very deep minor league system. pitcher Matt Barnes, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and Buchholz would be a great package for a teams looking to unload a big name player.
Of course the injury concerns with Middlebrooks and Buchholz persist but both are in positions where the Sox have other solutions. In terms of SP, the Sox still have Lackey, Lester, Peavy, and emerging is Rubby De La Rosa after his spectacular MLB debut as a starting pitcher.
It’s just the beginning of the trade deadline season but in the dog days of summer, it’s time for a lot of times to look in the mirror and see what they could be with a few moves, and for the Red Sox moving Clay Buchholz could be a great and definitely valuable option.
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