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Clay Buchholz | Starting Pitcher | #21

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Angelina (TX) JC
Drafted: 2005 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies acquired RHP Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox for INF Josh Tobias.
The deal is now official. The Phillies will cover all of Buchholz's $13.5 million salary for 2017 as part of the deal. The 32-year-old Buchholz lost his rotation spot for a stretch this past season and finished with a 4.78 ERA and 93/55 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings, but the Phillies are banking on some improvement with the move to the National League. Health has been an issue for him at times, but a rebound isn't out of the question here. Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:38:00 AM

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Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies have acquired right-hander Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first reported that a deal was close. According to Todd Zolecki of, the Red Sox will receive second base prospect Josh Tobias in return. It was mostly a salary dump for Boston, as the Phillies are picking up his $13.5 million salary for 2017. Buchholz will join a rotation which is also set to include Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola, and Vincent Velasquez. Buchholz had issues with the home run ball in 2016, but this is a worthwhile gamble by the Phillies. Moving to the National League could be a good thing for him. He could be flipped to a contender at the trade deadline if he enjoys a strong first half.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Red Sox could trade Clay Buchholz soon.

It's unclear who the Red Sox are talking to right now, but Heyman mentions that the Phillies were trying for him. There's been speculation about a deal involving a starter ever since the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox, though WEEI's Rob Bradford reported earlier this month that the team "prioritized" moving Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz. Buchholz posted a disappointing 4.78 ERA and 93/55 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings this past season, but he saw better results during the second half. The Red Sox picked up his $13.5 million club option for 2017 in November.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:10:00 AM

A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 08:32:00 AM

Red Sox exercised their $13.5 million club option on RHP Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz posted a disappointing 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this season for Boston, but $13.5 million is probably going to wind up as a relative bargain in this market for high-upside rotation depth. Buchholz produced a 3.26 ERA in 2015, so the Red Sox can hold legitimate hope of a rebound leading into 2017. He showed some promise in the second half of 2016.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 03:31:00 PM

According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox "shouldn’t need much time to announce Clay Buchholz’s $13.5  million option has been picked up for 2017."

These type of announcements will come pouring in now that the World Series is finished. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA across 139 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2016 while shifting between the bullpen and rotation, but he would probably do better than $13.5 million (as part of a multi-year deal) in this weak free agent market. The 32-year-old right-hander will give the deep-pocketed Red Sox some rotation insurance leading into 2017. He did have a decent second half.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 07:14:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox are "seriously thinking about" picking up Clay Buchholz's $13.5 million option for 2017.

Buchholz has been frustratingly inconsistent and has often dealt with injuries, finishing 2016 with a 4.78 ERA. However, Heyman notes that in a weak free agent pitching market it wouldn't be a surprise if Buchholz could land a multi-year contract. The Red Sox might see spending $13.5 million for one year in order to retain some solid rotation depth as a worthy move. Buchholz, who turned 32 back in August, would be owed a $500,000 buyout if the option was declined.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Clay Buchholz yielded two runs over four innings of work in Monday's loss to the Indians.

The Indians picked up six hits and drew a walk but weren't exactly hitting screamers against Buchholz. However, a one-out, two-RBI single by Tyler Naquin in the fourth inning put the Red Sox at a deficit. Ultimately, it's probably about what Boston should've expected out of Buchholz, but the two-run shot Drew Pomeranz served up to Coco Crisp was a real killer.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 10:46:00 PM

Sunday's ALDS Game 3 between the Indians and Red Sox has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up on Monday, with Game 4 (if necessary) pushed to Tuesday in what had been a scheduled travel day. Scheduled starters Clay Buchholz and Josh Tomlin will be pushed back a day. It also means that Trevor Bauer will now be on regular rest in his Game 4 start and that the Red Sox could go back to Rick Porcello on regular rest rather than give the ball to Eduardo Rodriguez.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 01:56:00 PM

Clay Buchholz will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians on Sunday.

He'll be opposed by Josh Tomlin. Buchholz had a 4.78 ERA this season while bouncing back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation, but he allowed two earned runs or fewer in four out of his five starts in September.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 02:10:00 PM

Clay Buchholz shut out the Yankees for six innings, allowing just one hit, in his start Wednesday.

Buchholz in the rotation and Drew Pomeranz in the pen seems like the right strategy for the Red Sox in the ALDS. Since returning to the rotation on Sept. 6, Buchholz has a 3.14 ERA in five outings, turning in quality starts four times. He'll carry an 8-10 record and a 4.78 ERA with him into the postseason, but he's throwing better than that right now.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 01:33:00 AM

Clay Buchholz limited the Orioles to one run and three hits over seven innings Wednesday in Boston's 5-1 victory.

The teams face off once more Thursday, but the Red Sox have pretty much wrapped up the AL East by taking the first three games of the series, leaving the Orioles fighting for the wild card. Buchholz's big outing should have the Red Sox weighing putting Drew Pomeranz in the pen for the postseason. It's not necessarily that Buchholz is the better bet starting games in October, but Pomeranz has the potential to be a real difference-maker working in relief.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Clay Buchholz surrendered two runs over six innings in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

It was a bounceback performance from his rough showing against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He flirted with trouble at times, but the only damage was a two-run double from Gary Sanchez in the fifth inning. Buchholz struck out two and walked two in the victory. He’s now 7-10 with a 5.20 ERA. A tough matchup against the Orioles in Baltimore comes up next.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Clay Buchholz was rocked in Sunday's no-decision against the Blue Jays, surrendering six runs on five hits over three innings.

Five of the six runs Buchholz surrendered scored via the home run. Edwin Encarnacion mashed a solo homer off him in the first inning, while Troy Tulowitzki launched a grand slam in the third. By all rights, the veteran right-hander should have been saddled with a loss here, but the Red Sox offense saved his bacon by scoring 11 runs. The unfortunate outing raised his ERA from 4.99 to 5.31. He had best sleep well over the next few days, as his next start will come at home against the hard-charging Yankees.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Clay Buchholz was largely effective in Tuesday's win over the Padres, allowing one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

The eight hits allowed were a bit much for comfort, but this was otherwise a nice outing from Buchholz. He struck out six without walking a batter, with the only run on his line scoring via a solo home run by Ryan Schimpf in the fourth inning. Otherwise, nothing doing for the Padres' bats. Buchholz was starting in place of Steven Wright (shoulder). Whether he sees another opportunity next time through the rotation remains to be seen. Through 117 1/3 innings (33 appearances, 17 starts), the veteran right-hander has pitched to a 4.99 ERA and 1.36 WHIP.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 01:27:00 AM

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