Don’t Trade Buchholtz? You people are talking about Clay Buchholtz? Right? There isn’t anther Buchholtz that I don’t know about in the Red Sox organization is there? We are talking about the arm of clay here. Okay just wanted to clear this up before I asked my next question. Are you people nuts?
Yes Buchholtz is in another one of his amazing life affirming Jesus its good to be alive and a Red Sox fan type of runs. We’ve seen this before in 2010 when he finished 17-7 with a minuscule 2.33 ERA and again in 2013 when he blasted out of the gates to a 9-0 start, the problem with 2010 is it was followed by 2011 and 2013 was an unfinished masterpiece, as Buchholtz made just six starts after June first. That’s the real issue here. We are dealing with a man so fragile not only in body but also in mind that you never know when the ride will come to an end. Just that it will, sure some will say that his contract alone is worth keeping him around. Buchholtz is on one of the friendlier contract the Sox hold. Set to make 12 million this season 13 next and just 13.5 the year after. Which would be amazing if you could count on him for 30 starts a season (something he’s never done) over those next three years, but like his average salary his average starts also hover around the mid teens mark. Making more than 25 trips to the hill just 3 times over his nine-year career.
When Buchholtz is on is his stuff borderline amazing? Yes. Is his contract team friendly? In this day and age it’s a French kiss. But there isn’t a pitcher I can remember in all my years of watching the Sox that is more a head-case than he is, there is no greater proof of the Butterfly-Affect than he is. Buchholtz is riding high and Cherington is rolling the dice every time he takes the mound. That, that butterfly’s wings wont beat again, that’s a losing proposition. Trade him now. Use that enticing talent and contract to bring in another Eddie Rodriguez or real Ace to anchor this staff. Stop betting that the wind won’t blow.
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