Sometimes the best moves are the ones you never make. And no, I'm not talking about trading Yoan Moncada in a deal for Chris Sale; especially since Moncada looks to lack basic fundamentals that an MLB player needs to be successful.
I'm talking about one in the starting rotation; Clay Buchholz. Remember his name swirling around the rumor mill back around the deadline? Teams like the Cubs, the Cardinals, and the Royals were all looking into maybe acquiring him for cheap. But they turned away because of an alleged "high asking price."
As for Clay, he just keeps pitching. In fact, since July 27, Claydro has been one of the most effective pitchers in the league, sporting a sub-2 ERA since then. Buc has really has stepped up his game in place of the injured Steven Wright, who may miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.
I've been a big Clay Buchholz fan for the majority of his time here in Boston, which is why it gets frustrating for me to watch him struggle. He has Cy Young stuff with a bad mentality, which is something he seemed to fix in the bullpen; he wanted to simplify the game and not over-prepare. Basically do what a reliever does, only every fifth day.
Clay's recent surge has depleted his ERA from a horrendous 6+, to a more respectable 4.99 following a really nice showing against the Padres on September 6th. Some, myself included, would even argue that he deserves that fourth spot in the playoff rotation should the Sox make it.
Clay has been a God send the last month and a half, so why not ride or die with number 11? He's got the hot hand and he's pitching lights out.