Jon Heyman reports that the Boston Red Sox have traded starter Clay Buchhlolz to the Philadelphia Phillies. Minor league second baseman Josh Tobias will head to Boston.
Buchholz had a forgettable 2016, posting an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139.1 as a swingman. He rebounded in the second half, however, so it’s not crazy to think that the 32-year-old former ace can rebound for a full year in 2017. Buchholz will make $13.5 million after Boston picked up his option this past season. That’s a lot of money for a back-end starter, but he’ll be counted on to carry more of the load in Philly than he did in Boston.
Tobias is 24 and was a 1oth round pick out of the University of Florida in 2015. He has yet to play above A-ball. In two minor league seasons he has gotten on base at a decent clip but doesn’t seem to have any power. Then again, it’s not like the Phillies were going to give up a lot to assume a pitcher with a lot of question marks surrounding him who is making $13.5 million a year.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.
The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.
Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.