Red Sox trade Clay Buchholz to Phillies for 2B Josh Tobias Dec 20, 2016 21:16:00 GMT -5 via mobile jmei likes this
Post by telson13 on Dec 20, 2016 21:16:00 GMT -5
The real objective is obvious and Dombrowski, as usual, has been up front and honest about it. He has a mandate from management to get under the luxury tax limit. That's the biggest reason why he's stayed away from Edwin Encarnacion and a pretty big reason why he's pretty pleased with himself - getting Chris Sale, an elite starter, without going over the luxury tax limit.
The fact of the matter is that getting rid of Buchholz's salary was worth more to the Red Sox at this point than what they actually got in return. It was obvious they weren't going to get a Luis Castillo type prospect for Buchholz as the Marlins would have been stupid to surrender him for Buchholz.
I think Dombrowski looked around, determined that the market wasn't that great for him. If it had been, I think he would have dealt him already. At this point the real prize is to be a good deal under the luxury tax limit so they can make a deal if they need to at the deadline, whether they need bullpen help or if they need a better bat than Mitch Moreland - for example, perhaps Bautista signs elsewhere for a year and the Red Sox acquire him at the deadline to DH and would have the funds available without going over the limit.
Staying away from going over the limit is crucial. If Otani is available after the offseason the Red Sox need to be in position to bid a huge amount for him without worrying about huge penalties, and of course, the season afterwards the free agent market is flush with talent, and of course the Sox have their own talent to tie up, starting (and maybe ending) with Betts.
The return on Buchholz is less important than the other benefits they get by going under the limit, so I can't complain too much.
And yeah, I have no doubt that Buchholz will pitch very well for the Phillies, become prime trade bait at the deadline, net the Phillies a really good prospect, much better than Tobias, and then Buchholz will disappoint whatever team picks him up. Then he'll be a free agent and get himself a good contract elsewhere and be the same maddening pitcher he's always been.
Buchholz was a good pitcher for the Sox, but not what I had hoped he'd be. He was kind of a disappointment, but certainly not a failure.
I'll always fondly remember the no-hitter and how good he was in 2010 and how great he was when he took the mound in 2013. I'll remember how many times I thought he needed to be booted back to Pawtucket, and I'll always be annoyed that he came up so small when he was needed in 2016. If he had held up his end of the bargain the Red Sox would still have Anderson Espinoza or Michael Kopech (Pomeranz would not have been needed and only one of those pitchers would have went for Sale) in the organization.
So Carl Pavano (along with Tony Armas gotten for Mike Stanley) begot Pedro Martinez which begot Clay Buchholz (as a compensation pick) which now stands as Josh Tobias.
Yeah, .254 in high A at 23 with poor defense and no speed is nothing to get excited about. "Good bat" is a relative term. I don't see anyone here talking about their plans for Jantzen Witte in the team's future trade plans.