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.

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