With word recently coming out that Red Sox starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz, will not return this season, only a club option can keep Buchholz in a Sox uniform without having him test the free agent waters.
Before going on the shelf back in July, Clay was easily the best pitcher on the Sox. Posting a 7-7 record with a 3.26 ERA, Buchholz was the bright spot of an underachieving Starting Rotation. In his last 5 starts before his injury, he was 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA and he had come off of an 8 inning performance and a complete game effort before getting pulled in the fourth of his next start.
His career stats have him at 73-51 with a 3.85 ERA, so he definitely can handle the pressure that comes with playing on one of the most storied franchises in all of sports.
If he will be considered the ace of this staff, obviously I wouldn't want to retain Buchholz for the future. But put him in a rotation with Price and Gray or Price and Zimmerman in front of him, and you've got yourself one of the best one-two-three top of the rotation combinations in baseball.
By Jordan Leandre, @Jordan_BBS