In other words, the A’s invested million in a pitcher made out of magic beans, and then they climbed the beanstalk to a cloud that was filled with prospects. Crawford is suddenly an NL Rookie of the Year MVP candidate, or Maikel Franco hits 50 home runs, or something just as pleasantly random, while also preparing for the likelihood that they’ll be sellers again at the deadline.
It was only a matter of time before the Boston Red Sox found a taker for Clay Buchholz, who after their offseason trade for Chris Sale had become rotation depth rather than a mainstay.
The Red Sox sent the right-handed Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for second base prospect Josh Tobias, the teams announced Tuesday.
If you’re wondering about the cost, note that Tobias has never played above Class A, was just promoted above Low-A for the first time last summer, and struggled at High-A.
I’m no Keith Law, but there are about a half-dozen red flags in those last two sentences.
Buchholz is owed $13.5 million in 2017, the final year of his contract."If everybody in the organization is healthy and pitching well, then it's possible that yes, it might block somebody's growth," said vice president and GM Matt Klentak.