Pitch­ing-rich Red Sox trade vet­eran Buch­holz to Phillies

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Jimmy Golen

bos­ton» The Bos­ton Red Sox kept adding start­ing pitch­ers, and Clay Buch­holz kept get­ting bumped fur­ther down in the ro­ta­tion.

There was David Price last off­sea­son and Drew Pomer­anz midyear. By the time Chris Sale was ac­quired from the Chicago White Sox at the winter meet­ings this month, Bos­ton had seven starters to choose from — most of them more con­sis­tent than Buch­holz, and a few of them on bet­ter deals.

Red Sox pres­i­dent Dave Dom­browski be­gan to sort out his start­ing pitch­ing sit­u­a­tion on Tues­day, trad­ing Buch­holz to the Philadel­phia Phillies for mi­nor­league sec­ond base­man Josh To­bias.

The deal ends a decade in the Bos­ton sys­tem in which Buch­holz, a first-round draft pick, pitched a no-hit­ter as a rookie and twice made the All-Star Game but failed The Red Sox traded pitcher Clay Buch­holz to the Phillies for mi­nor-league sec­ond base­man Josh To­bias on Tues­day. As­so­ci­ated Press file to de­velop into a con­sis­tent and de­pend­able mem­ber of the ro­ta­tion.

“We had seven es­tab­lished big league starters. We felt like we had some depth there,” Dom­browski said. “The deal that made the most sense was Clay.”

Now 32, Buch­holz pitched a no­hit­ter in 2007 in his sec­ond ma­jor league game and went 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 2010 to earn his first All-Star se­lec­tion. In 2013, Buch­holz was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA de­spite miss­ing more than three months with a neck in­jury; he also pitched four score­less in­nings in a vic­tory over St. Louis in the World Se­ries.

But he hasn’t fin­ished above .500 since, go­ing 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA last sea­son while bounc­ing back and forth from the ro­ta­tion to the bullpen. In all, he is 81-61 with a 3.96 ERA in parts of 10 big league sea­sons.

Head­ing into next sea­son, he would have to com­pete for a spot on the start­ing staff not only with cur­rent and for­mer Cy Young Award win­ners Rick Por­cello and Price but with 2016 all-stars Sale, Pomer­anz and Steven Wright.

Buch­holz “wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily have an op­por­tu­nity to start here,” Dom­browski said, adding that Ed­uardo Ro­driguez is also com­pet­ing for a spot in the ro­ta­tion. “It was re­ally our choice to pur­sue this one more than some of the other guys.”

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