Friday, May 4, 2018

The Kansas City Royals Have Released Former Red Sox Starter Clay Buchholz

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In a move that went way under the radar, the Kansas City Royals released former Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz on May 1st. The tall righty had been toiling in the Royals minor-league system—and actually doing pretty well (16 IP, 2 ERs). But the 33-year-old didn't show enough promise and Kansas City took advantage of their opt-out provision and cut him loose. If he had made the roster, he could have earned as much as $1.5 million (plus incentives). In his ten seasons wearing Carmine Hose, Buchholz compiled an 81-61 mark—with a 3.96 ERA. There were a few long stretches where he was the best starter on the staff, and then, usually, injuries derailed him. It's possible that Clay could catch on with another pitcher-needy organization. We wish him the best in his quest to get back to The Show.