Just as soon as fans were finally starting to realize how to spell his name, according to multiple reports, the Red Sox have traded Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-league second baseman Josh Tobias. For the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz, this marks the end of an era. Buchholz was one of the longest tenured players on the team, but did not have a clear-cut role with the team after the acquisition of ace Chris Sale.
The 32-year-old Texan was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. Since then, he has had one of the most up and down careers in Red Sox history. At times, Buchholz has been one of the best pitchers in the American League, posting absurd ERAs and striking out a plethora of batters.
Unfortunately, the thing that has always plagued Buchholz' career was his lack of durability and mental fortitude. Buchholz seemed to always get hurt doing the weirdest things, such as sleeping on his shoulder the wrong way or accidentally swallowing chewing tobacco and needing to be rushed to the hospital.
In 10 years of service, Buchholz will finish his Red Sox career pitching in 206 games, posting a 3.96 ERA and notching 81 victories. Truthfully, the deal is a slam dunk for the Red Sox because, according to Jon Heyman, the Phillies will take on Buchholz' entire $13.5 million option.
The Red Sox will also get Josh Tobias in return for Buchholz. Tobias was taken in the tenth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but was ranked by Baseball America as a fifth round talent. According to Baseball America, Tobias was not going to be a top-30 prospect in the Phillies farm system, but was an all-SEC selection as a freshman and posted a .375 average as a senior.