At the risk of giving
at least one RedSoxLife.com writer a heart attack, I say it is a no-brainer for
the club to do just that with Boston’s biggest tease outside the Foxy Lady.
appeared to be headed out the door for much of an incredibly disappointing 2016
season, has been good since he went to the bullpen and figured some things out.
(Photo by John
Wilcox/The Boston Herald)
Pitching exclusively from the stretch, Buchholz put together three solid starts
that could have been even better if manager John Farrell didn’t mess them up.
He has also been solid,
if underused, in his relief appearances.
“If Buchholz can give the team multiple innings late in
the game and eliminate the need for situational matchups, it’s like finding gold,”
is a pretty strong comment about a pitcher who, to most Red Sox fans, has been
the very definition of fool’s gold since throwing a no-hitter in his second
Major League Start in 2007.Every
time Buchholz (pictured) starts looking like a Cy Young winner, and he has on
several occasions, he strains an eyelid and the season is shot.
Warner wrote a great account of the roller coaster ride Buchholz has taken Sox
fans on over the years. You can read that here.
Buchholz’s recent resurgence warrant a $1.5 million dollar raise for his
way-to-high $12 million salary in 2016? No way. Not even close. You would have
to be crazy to make that argument.
is, unless, you are a franchise that can afford to pay the Paw Sox more than Pittsburgh
can pay its Pirates. The Red Sox have the luxury of being able to afford a
$13.5 million swing man, and they should.
the Red Sox should put Buchholz back in the rotation. Seriously, who would you
rather take your chances with now, Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz or Buchholz?
me a dreamer, but I’d put the dollar in my mouth up for Buchholz any day when
given that choice. We might be talking about the Red Sox taking two of three
from the surging Royals had Buchholz gotten the start Sunday night.
Sox fans focus on the negatives of Buchholz, and there are a great many of
I focus on the times when Buchholz has come through big time for the Red Sox
while putting the team first.
Game 4 of the 2013 World Series? To me, that is the signature game of Buchholz’s
career with the Red Sox. I don’t look at the no-hitter or the many gems that he
put up before suffering a mysterious injury in 2013.
look at the four-inning start Buchholz gave the team when he was clearly injured.
His fastball didn’t have much on it, but Buchholz still went out and threw 66
pitches, giving up three hits and one unearned run.
took the ball because his team needed him, and his teammates knew how big that
performance was. Without that start from Buchholz, that championship banner
might be hanging in St. Louis.
Buchholz was moved to the bullpen this year, he didn’t demand a trade or pout
about the situation. Instead, he worked to get better, and he did. Again, he
put the team first and helped the team.
deserves praise for that. He does not deserve a raise to $13.5 million, but
giving money to people who don’t deserve it is something the Red Sox do well
(see Pablo Sandoval, Rusney Castillo, et al.).
Sox can afford to overpay for one more ride on the Buchholz roller coaster, and
they would be crazy not to.