On Tuesday, it was announced that the Boston Red Sox had picked up Clay Buchholz's club option for the 2016 season.
For now, I am going to reserve judgement on the move. A lot of factors and ideas are up in the air before we can call this move good or bad.
First off, $13 million for a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball is a pretty good bargain. Sure, he is inconsistent and can't stay on the field, but if the Red Sox have him as their #5 starter, then they won't need to rely on him to be the leader of this pitching staff. That being said, if ownership doesn't go out into the free agent and/or trade market to get a #1 and possibly a #2, there is a good chance Buchholz gets the ball Opening Day. Thankfully, the Red Sox have more than likely learned their lesson from last season.
The next hypothetical is the idea of trading Buchholz mid-season, which is something that they should have done last year when he was mowing down hitters in June. Unfortunately, Buchholz missed the last 75 games of the season with a right elbow strain and his trade value went right down the toilet.
Buchholz has been here for 10 years and has shown that he is wildly inconsistent and can't stay on the field. Going on 32 years young, the time for him to mature and take that next step has come and gone.
If a team comes calling and wants to overpay, then the Red Sox should be all ears. If not, then, well I just hope we aren't relying on him for a World Series.
By Pete Packowski