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Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Blue Jays

Nov 16, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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For the second time in a week a Blue Jays player was snatched up off waivers after Toronto cut them loose to clear space on the 40-man roster.

First the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion as a potential alternative to Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base and yesterday the Red Sox claimed Taylor Buchholz as a buy-low bullpen candidate with some upside.

Buchholz had an excellent season as a setup man for the Rockies in 2008, posting a 2.17 ERA, .188 opponents’ batting average, and 56/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings, but he missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery.

He returned to the mound to throw 12 innings down the stretch this season, but showed decreased velocity with both his fastball and off-speed stuff. Still, as a 28-year-old with a solid track record Buchholz represents a nice flier for the Red Sox, who’ll hope he’s healthy enough to emerge as a middle-relief option heading into 2011.

  1. bigharold - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Looks like Epstein is looking for BP help in the bargain basement again.

    Can you say “low risk high reward”? Or, was that “low risk no reward”? I keep getting that confused.

    Can anybody from the Nation clear that up?

  2. BC - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Hey this is cool. Now Boston has both Buchholzeseseseses.

    • bloodysock - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:38 PM

      Better than both Ramon Ramirez’

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Now why do I feel this was a much better idea than the Sheets deal last season? It was as if everyone knew Sheets wouldn’t be worth a sheet.

    • yankeesfanlen - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:55 PM

      Bet you’ve been waiting all year for an opening to use that one.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

        Well yeah, ever since he got the job last season I have….

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