Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen said that pitcher Clay Buchholz' eagerness to pitch in the majors (and his suggestion that he would prefer a trade that gave him a job in the majors to a continued minor-league apprenticeship) was perfectly reasonable. If anything, Hazen suggested, it was a good thing to have pitchers with the confidence to assert their major-league readiness.
"There should be an expectation of the player to feel like he’s ready to go to the big leagues," said Hazen. "I think we’re reading into it more that he has that confidence, that swagger, to seize the opportunity when it comes."
Given Buchholz' performance to date this year (4-0, 1.75 ERA entering a start on Monday), the Sox farm director suggested that it was perfectly reasonable for the pitcher to consider himself big-league ready. Nonetheless, Hazen - who is one of several Sox officials who has been in regular contact with Buchholz this year - expects that when the pitcher does return to the majors, that it will be with the Red Sox.
"I believe wholeheartedly that Clay Buchholz wants to pitch for the Boston Red Sox," said Hazen. "I believe wholeheartedly that both (Buchholz and Michael Bowden) want to be Boston Red Sox and that both of them will be, and that they’ll help us win another World Series. It’s just a matter of the timing of the situation."
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