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Clay Buchholz
Birthdate: 8/14/1984 (32 y, 7 m, 11 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 12, Overall: 42, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $29.9M / 4 Years (2012 - 2015) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Buchholz allowed three runs on four hits over 3.1 innings against the Yankees on Friday. He struck out six and walked one. (3/11/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: If you didn't know anything about Clay Buchholz beyond his 2016 stat line, you probably wouldn't think anything of him. Sure, his ERA and FIP were bad, but they weren't retching-bile-in-the-toilet-after-you've-already-thrown-up-your-dinner-and-that-12-pack-of-Natty Ice-into-the-toilet bad. But if you knew a little more about him, you'd have to be disappointed. Heading into 2016, Buchholz was coming off the best season of his career, at least according to WAR. He had only made 18 starts thanks to the injuries that always seem to find the frail right-hander, but when he pitched, he was excellent. Not so in 2016, and after allowing six runs in five innings to the Rockies on May 26th, he lost his permanent hold on a rotation spot. He would still make 11 more starts on the season, and would mostly pitch better in them, but after eight full major league seasons as a starter, there was a certain indignity about him having to make 16 relief appearances. With that displeasure looming like a time bomb once the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale, Buchholz was dispatched to Philadelphia, where he should fit in the back of the rotation until Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson are ready for the big time, or until the Phillies trade him. Buchholz is in the last year of his contract, and if he can regain his form in the first half, he could become an attractive trade chip. But if you're a betting man, you wouldn't put much money on that particular bet. Buchholz is probably a stay-away in mixed leagues, though he could have value in NL-only leagues, as most all starters have some value in those formats.

The Quick Opinion: From starting the final game of Boston's 2016 run to the back-end of the rotation on a Phillies team, 2017 probably won't be as eventful for Clay Buchholz. NL-only players may find a use for him, but his value in mixed leagues will be diminished by the team change.

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