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Phillies trade for pitcher Clay Buchholz

Red Sox at Orioles May 21, 2012

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The Phillies have acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phils have traded infielder Josh Tobias to Boston for Buchholz. The Phils will take on Buchholz’s one-year, $13.5 million contract in full.

Buchholz, 32, went 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 55 walks last year for the Sox (21 starts, 37 games). After a poor start in the rotation, the Sox began changing Buchholz’s role, alternating him between the rotation and bullpen. This after a solid 2015 season (7-7, 3.26 ERA, 107 K, 23 BB) that ended mid-season because of injury.

For his career, Buchholz (10 seasons with Boston) is 81-61 with a 3.96 ERA.

Tobias, 24, spent last season playing second base and left field for Clearwater and Lakewood. Overall he hit .291/.362/.422 with nine home runs and 69 runs batted in; with Clearwater he went .254/.324/.357 in 146 plate appearances. He wasn’t considered a top prospect.

Considering his experience, Buchholz would slide into the Phils rotation in 2016, but that creates a logjam. Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are already slated to be in the rotation, with Zach Eflin, Alec Asher and Jake Thompson knocking on the door.

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