Monday, July 18, 2016

Is 'The Clay Buchholz Era' Coming To An End Soon?

As's Christopher Smith points out, with the imminent return of Junichi Tazawa, something's got to give on the major-league roster. Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree still have minor-league options—but do the Red Sox really want to send down two pretty effective relievers? Of course, this raises the possibility of either trading or designating for assignment Clay Buchholz. He's currently moping around the bullpen with no defined role—except maybe mop-up relief in a blowout. The once Cy Young-worthy Texan seems almost resigned to the possibility of shedding his Carmine Hose (remember when he thought he was traded back in early May?). Ideally, a trade (to the Mets in the wake of Matt Harvey's season-ending surgery?) would be the best development—at least Boston would get something back.