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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: RED SOX FINALLY DUMP CLAY BUCHHOLZ, CHANCE FOR MINI-REBOUND IN PHILLY?

The Boston Red Sox had seen enough of veteran starter Clay Buchholz and finally unloaded him on Tuesday to the Philadelphia Phillies in what pretty much amounted to a salary dump.  Entering into the last year of his contract, the 32-year-old Buchholz gets a fresh start in Philly and in the much easier National League as he comes off what was a truly horrific 2016 campaign.  Pitching to a 4.78 ERA and having struck out just 93 batters in 139.1 innings a year ago, it certainly looked like Buchholz' days as a viable fantasy baseball starter were finished.  As most of our habitual readers know, we have been about as big a Buchholz critic as there is in the industry in citing his ugly annual WHIP's and bloated ERA's.  Now with Buchholz aging and seeing his K/9 rate sink to a pathetic 6.01 last season, there really was nothing left to talk about from a fantasy baseball ankle.  That changes slightly now that Buchholz moves into NL as he obviously will now get to attack much weaker lineups and so a drop in his ERA/WHIP is likely.  In addition, Buchholz will see his K/9 rate jump up some as well (it couldn't get any lower really) and so there is now a smidge of SP 5 value to be had here.  Those in NL-only formats should be more intrigued here but Buchholz is really a boring veteran pitcher who is not going to make much a difference for your squad.


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