Clay Buchholz heading to Phillies after deal with Boston
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired starting pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, as first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
The Phillies will pick up the $13.5 million Buchholz is owed for 2017, and he joins a rotation featuring Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vincent Velasquez. If he can stay healthy, the 32-year-old right-hander should benefit from the move to the National League.
Buchholz has had a rough 2016, with a 4.78 and a career-worst 5.09 SIERA through 37 games (193 1/3 innings). His 15.8 percent strikeout rate was also a career-worst, while his 9.4 percent walk rate was above his career-average.
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