The Red Sox have traded right-hander Clay Buchholz to the Phillies. If Sox fans are excited by the move, they might want to hear about the return first.
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It’s minimal. Minor-league second baseman Josh Tobias, the lone player Boston acquired in the deal, was not going to be in the Phillies’ top 30 prospects in Baseball America’s 2017 Prospect Handbook.
The 24-year-old Tobias finished last season in High A ball, where he hit 254/.324/.357 with two homers and 14 RBI.
Buchholz, a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2005, concludes his Boston career with a 3.96 ERA in 206 games, 188 of which were starts. He struck out 899 hitters over 1167.2 innings with a career record of 81-61.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal, with
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.