According to Sean McAdam of CSN New England, the Red Sox have named right-hander Clay Buchholz as their Opening Day starter. Rick Porcello will follow him and then the rest is to be determined.
Buchholz has had a very up and down career, posting a 1.74 ERA across 16 starts in 2013 but then a 5.34 ERA across 28 starts in 2014. Boston needs him to pitch like an ace in 2015 because a rotation that goes Buchholz, Porcello and then probably Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly isn’t all that impressive.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.
Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.
Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.