Earlier this week, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe made the note that the Boston Red Sox had the option to trade Clay Buchholz and/or Wade Miley, but the team opted to deal Miley instead of Clay due to Buchholz's "high ceiling." Rather, they shipped Miley to Seattle for Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.
If it did indeed come down to the front office choosing to trade one or the other, the Red Sox chose to keep, in my mind, the worse of the two options.
For years now, Buchholz has been the source of quite a bit of frustration for Red Sox fans. At times, he looks like the best pitcher in all of baseball. Heck, he threw a no-hitter in his first ever start in the Major Leagues. Seemingly every year he gets off to a marvelous start. He'll have one of the lowest ERA's in the league and earns a win just about every time out for the first few weeks of the season.
Then, one of two things happens. Clay either suddenly comes down with a timely injury or just completely falls apart on the mound. One way or another, he finds a way to make us completely forget about all the good he did to start the year. Then, he reverses course yet again. Even if it's just for a brief stretch, he flashes that potential yet again. And finally, to close the year, he either bottoms out again or gets hurt.
Conversely, Wade Miley is the complete opposite. He never has the dominant stretches that Clay Buchholz has, but he is the definition of consistency. He's not going to record a ton of strikeouts, and his ERA is never going to be among the best in the league, but he is going to go at least six innings nearly every start and will almost always put the team in a position to get a win.
The 29-year-old Miley finished with an 11-11 record to go along with a 4.46 ERA.
Now, I am not at all factoring in the return that the team got back in the deal that sent Miley to Seattle. I'm simply talking about which guy I'd rather have on this year's team, and that is unquestionably Wade Miley. Clay Buchholz has all the talent in the world, but he is never going to be able to get it together between the ears.
In a rotation that now has an ace in David Price, Wade Miley would have been the perfect number four or five starter on a team with championship aspirations. I can understand the decision to move him. He had good value and you got a good return. But when you add in that the team chose to pick between the two, and I will never understand the decision to keep Buchholz.
By Jacob Young