Will the Red Sox dump Buchholz or Wakefield to make room for Matsuzaka?

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Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka made what’s expected to be his final rehab start, allowing four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings at Triple-A.
The outing was a bit of a letdown after Matsuzaka tossed 11 scoreless innings in his first two rehab starts, but he did manage eight strikeouts and zero walks to again show that the shoulder woes are seemingly behind him.
General manager Theo Epstein indicated earlier this week that the Red Sox were undecided about how Matsuzaka would fit back into the rotation, but unless they transition to a six-man rotation it’ll be either Clay Buchholz or Tim Wakefield losing their spot.
Wakefield has struggled in back-to-back starts and has a 6.38 ERA overall, whereas Buchholz has allowed just two earned runs in 10 innings. However, he has allowed five unearned runs while posting a poor 8/6 K/BB ratio and there’s speculation that Buchholz could be pitching for his rotation spot tonight against the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.