Taylor Buchholz’s season ended in early June due to a combination of shoulder fatigue and depression, and agent David Pasti told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the right-hander plans to sit out the entire 2012 season.
Pasti described Buchholz as “feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball” as he continues to deal with depression and anxiety.
Pasti also praised the manner in which the Mets dealt with Buchholz, saying if/when he does decide to continue playing they’d be his first choice. New York could have held onto Buchholz’s rights while he sat out, but instead allowed him to become a free agent at age 30 and with another season of arbitration eligibility still to come.
Buchholz has a 4.28 ERA in 311 career innings, including a 3.12 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings last season. He opened about dealing with depression in a very compelling interview last July, which is definitely worth reading.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.