Rob Bradford and John Tomase break down all aspects of the Clay Buchholz trade, dissecting what it means to the Red Sox and Buchholz. The guys also reflect on the Boston career of one of the most enigmatic pitchers the organization has ever seen.

[0:00:31] ... the breaking news days. Clay Buchholz no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox John was your first reaction Reese arbitrary. That bit boom that's just that it's not because I think Clay Buchholz was indispensable ...
[0:01:22] ... Roll of the Red Sox are Red Sox spent used to see Derrek Lee buckle meant he'd go on. If they stole a stalwart of our best spring training story lines right away from us. Know ...
[0:03:39] ... the enemy this this last season was his last season with the Boston Red Sox. It was a perfect example of what we're talking about and he'd gone through three or four of these sort of scenarios ...
[0:07:50] ... a discussion. Of the pit starter it would help but note that John Farrell they very highly of Steven Wright. But I think that would be great test I still think Wright gets that job and ...

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Clay Buchholz has been traded to the Phillies, with the Red Sox will be receiving minor-leaguer Josh Tobias, a second baseman who was drafted in the 10th round of the 2015 draft. Philadelphia will pay the entire $13.5 million owed the starter next season.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Clay Buchholz has been traded to the Phillies.

The 33-year-old excelled after returning to the starting rotation in 2016, totaling 2.98 ERA over his last eight regular season starts. He also offered tremendous value as a reliever, posting a 1.93 ERA in eight appearances out of the bullpen.

Buchholz had been with the Red Sox since being taken in the first round of the 2005 draft, having made his major league debut in 2007. For his big league career, the righty has gone 81-61 with a 3.96 ERA.

More details to come …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The entire morning of Dec. 6 was bizarre for Travis Shaw.

“That week was weird,” he explained when appearing on the the Bradfo Show podcast.

Travis Shaw (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The entire morning of Dec. 6 was bizarre for Travis Shaw.

He woke up to find a message on his phone from Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, having planned on heading over to JetBlue Park for his daily 8:30 a.m. workout. The Sox boss was asking Shaw to give a call back.

“I as soon as I heard that message I was like, ‘Uh, oh,'” explained the former Red Sox infielder during his appearance on the Bradfo Show podcast.

Once the two did connect, Dombrowski passed on word that Shaw had been traded to Milwaukee — along with minor-leaguers Josh Pennington and Mauricio Dubon — for a reliever. The pitcher the Brewers sent back wasn’t identified, but would soon be uncovered thanks to Twitter.

So, had Shaw ever heard of Tyler Thornburg, the pitcher who would be now calling Boston home?

“I did not, no,” the lefty hitter said.

“Once it broke over Twitter, that’s kind of when I figured out who it was, looked him up. He had a pretty good year last year. … It seems like, the more I’ve looked into it, it benefits both ends. Both teams and both players at the major league level. Only time will tell, but that trade is a good situation for both guys.”

Shaw is currently listed as the starting third baseman on the Brewers’ depth chart, although there is little evidence (other than superimposing a Milwaukee uniform on his Twitter avatar) during current existence that anything has changed.

“The did send me a little care package to work out in, but than that, nothing,” said Shaw. “Shirt, shorts. They wanted me to get some gear on me some time this winter.”


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Rob Bradford
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox infielder Travis Shaw about how he found out about his recent trade to the Brewers, the ups and downs in his first full big league season, and dealing with the media in Boston

May all accounts, Pablo Sandoval is doing his part so far.

Our social media accounts have been flooded throughout the offseason with photos of Sandoval’s transformation, with his dentist’s approval serving as the latest Instagram example. It’s certainly a step in the right direction, and offers some hope that Year 3 of the third baseman’s five-year contract can offer some value.

But shedding the belly was just Step 1.

Sandoval seems to have the best intentions, and is attempting to put his 30-year-old body in the best position to find production. But there shouldn’t simply an assumption that the new body will immediately solve the Red Sox’ third base issues.

There is the need to have some assurances his surgically-repaired shoulder won’t be a deterrent. The last time we witnessed Sandoval as a starting third baseman, he represented one of the worst right-handed hitters in the game (finishing 2015 with a .197 clip against lefties). And, this time, from the Red Sox perspective, there isn’t an palatable fall-back if things aren’t trending in the right direction throughout spring training.

It’s hard to fathom that Sandoval got his deal after coming off a 2014 season in which he totaled a .739 OPS, which would have been 17th-best among third basemen this past year.

And this time the fail-safe isn’t going to be Travis Shaw or Yoan Moncada. It’s Josh Rutledge and/or Brock Holt.

There could be very real scenario where John Farrell chooses to use Rutledge as the third baseman against lefty pitching if there are any signs Sandoval isn’t turning things around from the right side. And if things seem like they did with Sandoval last spring training, perhaps the Red Sox bite the bullet and use Holt as the almost-everyday guy.

When you have the kind of pitching the Red Sox would seem to possess, dealing with these sort of uncertainties aren’t a deal-breaker. And, let’s be honest, we can’t forget the fact that the Red Sox won their division while totaling the absolute worst offensive production from the third base position of any team in baseball.

But the Red Sox have to deal in reality, and until the loss of Sandoval’s pounds actually translates the player we last saw four seasons ago all we have is a bunch of Instagram hearts.

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Rob Bradford

Brad Ziegler got his money. Good for him.