The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-handed starter Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league infielder Josh Tobias, according to a club announcement. The team designated infielder Richie Shaffer for assignment to make room for the righty on the 40-man roster.
Buchholz will give the Phillies yet another veteran starter to pair with Hellickson. The rest of the rotation will be Aaron Nola, Vince Velazquez and Jerad Eickhoff. Buchholz struggled to a 4.78 ERA with the Red Sox last year, and was still owed $13.5 million.
Klentak is hoping he can strike on yet another salary dump addition, as he did with Hellickson last year. The Phillies have acquired Pat Neshek and Howie Kendrick in similar fashion this offseason.
In Tobias the Red Sox have acquired a well-rounded second base prospect with decent speed and power. He seems likely to wind up as a strong utility player, and will probably start the season in either High-A Salem or Double-A Portland.
Either way, it is a win-win by my estimation. The Phillies got another veteran to help fortify the rotation and the Red Sox were able to dump the Buchholz salary while getting value back.