Blue Jays sign Clay Buchholz, who was actually really good in 2018

The Blue Jays are slamming that depth button. A few hours ago, it was announced they signed Bud Norris to a minor-league deal, which was met with a little bit of confusion given his, uh, history. Now it’s being reported that the Jays are in agreement with former Red Sock Clay Buchholz on a deal.

Buchholz kinda fell off the grid after his time in Boston but he resurfaced last year with an excellent showing in Arizona. He had a poor season for the Red Sox in 2016, so they decided to cut ties, then Buchholz signed with Philadelphia, where he would miss virtually all of the season due to a partial tear in his right flexor tendon.

Buchholz then inked a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks and went on to have a very impressive comeback season. He made 16 starts, posting a sparking 2.01 ERA while striking out 7.4 and walking 2.0 batters per nine. His season was ended prematurely due to injury and the Diamondbacks opted not to bring him back for another season.

We know Buchholz best for his days as a starter in Boston. He pitched there between 2007 and 2016, making two All-Star appearances and winning the World Series in 2013.

Buchholz gives Toronto another starting rotation option if they decide Clayton Richard sucks ass or Ryan Borucki needs some more seasoning in Triple-A. With pitchers, adding depth is never a bad thing, and given Buchholz excellent showing in 2018, this is a great risk to take. Hopefully he doesn’t bully rookies!

    • Starvenger

      Mind you, if it was 2021 and we were a contending team we’re probably not signing Bucholz. At least it’s the most newsworthy FA signing of the day right?


  • Oz Rob

    Living in Sydney (Australia) I have grown to like Australian Rules Football and our team the Sydney Swans (who had a Canadian Mike Pyke play for them – amazing story!) adopted a ‘no dickheads’ policy and only bring in players with good character. With these signings, the Jays seem to be adopting a ‘dickhead’ policy for mentoring all the young guys. Maybe not…I don’t know Norris or Bucholz personally.

      • El Cabeza

        The Red Sox thing is huge, but there’s also the matter of his face. Oh yeah and all the cheating and the wildly different effectiveness from year to year. If it weren’t for Trevor Bauer, Buckholz would be my least favourite baseball player.

        • GrumblePup

          Oh yeah. I forgot about the whole “foreign substance on his arm, he’s cheating” thing. I think in my mind I just rolled that into the “Eff the Red Sox” thing.

          As for the wildly different effectiveness from year to year, that has nothing to do with whether or not he’s a dickhead (which was all my reply to Oz Rov was supposed to be about).