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The Boston Red Sox can add depth in their bullpen with Luke Hochevar
- Updated: July 26, 2016
The Boston Red Sox are a true contender at the moment in all of baseball. Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’d know that their bats and starting rotation (to an extent) have been good for them this season.
Unfortunately, the last few weeks have been a little shaky for the Red Sox’s bullpen. With reliever Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel going to the disabled list for some time, the Red Sox no longer have the security that is needed in the American League.
The Royals are looking for a cheap insurance starting arm who can get it done in the big leagues. That guy could be Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
The 31-year-old hasn’t been himself this season, posting a 3-9 record with an ERA of 6.10. He’s struggled with the Red Sox this season, but maybe a change of scenery is what he needs; as he’s been in and out of the bullpen all season.
If the price is right, a deal could be made between both teams; but in order for this to happen, the Royals would have to be willing to give up something in return.
A back-end arm like Luke Hochevar would be solid for the Red Sox. Relievers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera are untouchable for the Royals, but Hochevar isn’t. The 32-year-old hasn’t had the greatest season with the Royals, posting a 2-3 record with an ERA of 3.86. His last 7 games haven’t been pretty (1-2, 8.53 ERA, 9 hits allowed), making him as expendable as Buchholz.
Sure, it isn’t the greatest move, but the 17th ranked bullpen in baseball could use another arm to take some pressure off the relievers that they currently have. The acquisition of reliever Brad Ziegler has payed off, but a solid set-up reliever would provide some solid security.
Red Sox president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski said that they’re in it to win it for this season, and for the for the seasons to come. Grabbing a solid back-end arm would help take away the chance of injury for some of their their relievers for the time being and the foreseeable future.
All stats for this article are from MLB.com
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