Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Phillies acquire Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox

The Phillies have acquired long time Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. The Red Sox received 24-year old minor league infielder Josh Tobias in the deal.

Buchholz, 32, had a season that was a tale of two halves for the Red Sox, he struggled significantly in the first half with a 5.91 ERA in 18 appearances (13 starts). He struck out just 53 while walking 37 in his 80.2 innings

In the second half, Buchholz served as a swing man for the Red Sox and posted solid numbers with a 3.22 ERA in 19 appearances (8 starts).

According to MLB.com writer Ian Browne, Buchholz success in the second half came from abandoning pitching out of the windup and entirely pitching from the stretch.

Buchholz, who is owed $13.5 million that will be picked up by the Phillies, is an interesting bounce back candidate for a young Phillies rotation that is led by Jerad Eickhoff and Jeremy Hellickson. He would most likely be slotted into the middle of the rotation behind Hellickson.

On the Red Sox side of the deal Josh Tobias split 2016 with the Red Sox Class-A and High-A affiliates hitting .291/.362/.422 overall, but he is already 24 and will likely have to make a quick impression on the Red Sox to have a long term future with the organization.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Giants sign Jimmy Rollins to minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor league deal according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Rollins, 37, had a very disappointing 2016 with the Chicago White Sox slashing just .221/.295/.329 in 166 plate appearances. He started 34 games at shortstop and had a UZR of -1.2 which is among the lowest of his career.

For his career Rollins has hit .264/.324/.418 with 231 home runs and 470 stolen bases. He won the NL MVP in 2007 with a very strong year where he hit a career high 30 home runs along with 20 triples and a .875 OPS. He was a major contributor for the Phillies dynasty in the late '00s as he was a steady hitter in their lineup along with providing quality defense.

But those days are done and over the past three years Rollins has been among the worst hitters in the league and the Giants will just try to milk the last bit of talent out of him.

This is a curious move for the Giants as they already have a very strong shortstop in Brandon Crawford along with guys like Joe Panik and Eduardo Nunez who can play shortstop as well, but it could be nothing more as giving Rollins one last shot to show what he can do at the big league level.