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Clay Buchholz (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Earlier this week Brad wrote an excellent article that addressed the recent Clay Buchholz trade rumors, in which he argued that the Red Sox should keep the mercurial starter. While Brad made a well-reasoned case, I would like to play devil’s advocate and outline a case for trading Buchholz, in an attempt to cash in while he is pitching well and his value on the open market may be inflated. I would like to start this outline by agreeing with Brad in that we need to look at what Buchholz actually is, rather than what the Red Sox say he can be.

Despite all of the hoopla about how great Buchholz’s stuff is and how good he can be, the reality is that in a good rotation he is no better than a number three starter. A mid-rotation starter is expected to be solid, if not average, performance-wise with the ability to go deep into a game and eat innings over the course of a season. Continue reading The Case For Trading Clay Buchholz »

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1. Red Sox:

* Hope the Elias Sports Bureau comes up with stats for pitchers who walk seven and record a win – like Miley / Miley got the win and only threw 55% strikes

* The papers were doing a count down for catcher Ryan Hanigan like he was Roy Campanella – the guy is hitting .211 and thrown out 23% of the runners (Leon has thrown out over 50%)

* Top three hitters Thursday night were 11-18 for the Sox

* Can the bottom of the Red Sox lineup be any worse athletes: Hanigan, Hanley, Panda, Ortiz, Napoli

2. Around baseball:

* Stephen Drew is hitting .171 over his last 501 at bats for which he has been paid $15mm

* A’s shortstop Marcus Semien is on a pace for 51 errors this year Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: 1812 Overture Rendition of the Top Ten »

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Rick Porcello does not belong on the mound of any major league ballpark. No one in their right mind would put a pitcher in their starting rotation that owns a 6.08 ERA. A 6.00 + ERA, this is insane. Right? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Unfortunately, John Farrell does not have a choice, thanks to management’s decision to bring Porcello to Boston.

Continue reading Management Forced Its Hand With Rick Porcello, Red Sox Nation Pays »

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The Boston Celtics signed Amir Johnson to a 2-year, $24 million deal on Wednesday.

Last season he spent his sixth season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He helped the Raptors earn the Atlantic division championship last season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Detroit Pistons in 2005.

Continue reading Celtics Sign Amir Johnson to 2-Year, $24 Million Deal »

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Over the last few days, many have wondered just what GM Don Sweeney has been trying to do. After sending Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, then acquiring lifelong goon Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick, Sweeney’s job at the helm so far looked shaky at best.

Then on Wednesday, the first day of the offseason that NHL teams were allowed to sign free agents, Sweeney regained the confidence of Bruins fans and people around the hockey world by making a trade and signing a key free agent. The Bruins also gave forward Ryan Spooner a 2-year-contract extension.

In the early afternoon it was announced that the Bruins received young forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Continue reading Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky »

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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Blue Jays gave the city of Toronto something to celebrate for Canada Day this afternoon by giving the Red Sox an 11-2 shellacking at the Rodgers Centre. The Jays jumped out to an early lead, blistering Rick Porcello for 5 runs on 5 hits, all in the first inning. Edwin Encarnacion put the Jays on the board with a 3-run homer, followed by a blast from Justin Smoak to make it 5-0. The butchering continued in the second inning when Jose Bautista homered to left-center field to make it 7-0 Blue Jays. Porcello was tagged for 7 earned runs on 7 hits, and allowed 3 home runs in just 2.0 innings before getting the hook. On the bright side he didn’t walk anybody, but that was likely because his pitches caught so much of the plate that Blue Jays batters couldn’t have held up if they had the take sign.

Porcello has now fallen to 4-9 on the year with a 6.08 ERA, which is the worst in the American League. The right-hander has lost his last seven starts and just can’t seem to get back on track. Continue reading Should Rick Porcello be Sent Down? »

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Not a true ace, but still a very quality member of the rotation

As the trade deadline approaches the rumors have begun to swirl rapidly. The most recent whispers have circled around pitcher Clay Buchholz. This season has been a roller coaster for the eight-year veteran; while he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has also pitched very poorly on many occasions. In a year when the Red Sox front office expected Buchholz would assume his role as ace of the staff, many have been underwhelmed by his overall body of work. But sentiments toward Buchholz should not amount only to disappointment. This year he is probably the best starting pitcher in the Red Sox rotatoin and his statistics support that claim. Although his record is a mere 5-6, Clay has posted a 3.68 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 93 total innings pitched. These are respectable statistics that do not deserve excessive scrutiny because it is what we need to learn to expect from Clay.

This leads us to the pivotal question: should the Red Sox put Clay Buchholz on the trade block for the upcoming deadline? My initial reaction is no, absolutely not. Although Buchholz may not have become the true ace we were hoping, he is still a very good Major League pitcher. Continue reading Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz »

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