- The Boston Red Sox have solved some of their pitching logjam. After acquiring Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox had a plethora of starting pitching to deal from. The Red Sox have traded veteran righty Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. With the excess in starting pitching, it appeared the Red Sox would either deal Drew Pomeranz or Clay Buchholz. Given that the Red Sox gave up a lot to get Pomeranz they apparently, preferred to keep the young southpaw and deal the veteran Buchholz – though he was a difficult chip to move with a salary worth $13.5MM in 2017. However, the Phillies were lined up perfectly to take on that salary. The Phillies have been adding veteran players all offseason to augment their roster. They have brought in players such as Howie Kendrick, Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit to add some much-needed veteran presence to the clubhouse. It’s a win-win deal for the Phillies, as if Buchholz can pitch well in 2017, they can flip him for an asset at the deadline or if they hold onto him they may give him a qualifying offer at the end of the year. Despite a rocky 2016, the right-hander finished the season strong and if he is able to repeat his success down the stretch for 2017, the Phillies will have gotten a steal.
- Right-hander Tyson Ross is drawing interest from over 20 teams so far per Heyman. Ross was surprisingly non-tendered by the Padres making him a free agent and when healthy has proven to be a capable starting pitcher. If healed, a contending team could scoop him up on a reasonable deal and add some depth to their rotation.
- The San Diego Padres re-signed left-hander Clayton Richard to a one-year, $1.75MM deal per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Padres reunited with Richard last season and he put up some favorable numbers to entice them to bring him back for another year. His deal also includes $1MM in incentives and $250K assignment bonus if the Padres end up trading him.