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Somehow, I don't know how, but somehow, the Miami Marlins wanted Clay Buchholz. And somehow, I don't know how, but somehow, the asking price was too high.
Did the Marlins not have a few extra baseballs kicking around to send in return? No extra Big League Chew laying around? Both would have been perfectly acceptable to send to the Red Sox for Buchholz.
On a more serious note, what could the Sox have asked for? I know Dealin' Dave Dombrowski is always on the prowl, but what did he want in exchange for Clay? Anything would have sufficed.
It probably wasn't so much the asking price for Buchholz, but more the history of Domrbrowski trading with the Marlins. They're still recovering after losing Miguel Cabrera almost 10 years ago.clay buchholz came up in talks with marlins, but miami sees price is currently too high— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2016
And the Marlins are pretty stupid. I wouldn't be surprised if they sent back a Cabrera-type to the Sox.
With regard to Buchholz, I shouldn't be making fun of him after what happened yesterday. If he didn't pitch 3 hitless innings, the Sox probably don't win that game. Buchholz in the bullpen may pay large dividends for the Red Sox down the stretch. He's one of the most streaky players in MLB and after yesterday, he could get hot.
In 17.1 innings as a reliever, Buchholz has an ERA of 3.63. Not too bad.
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Evan Marinofsky 8/01/2016 12:10:00 PM Tweet