Blue Jays Claim Taylor Buchholz

The Blue Jays claimed reliever Taylor Buchholz off of waivers from the Rockies. When the Rockies designated the 28-year-old right-hander for assignment this Tuesday it seemed possible that a team would make a claim, despite Buchholz's recent injuries.

Buchholz missed all of last year and much of this year with Tommy John surgery. He pitched well in a short July stint, but soon hit the DL again because of back stiffness. Buchholz posted a 2.17 ERA with 7.6 K/9, and 2.4 BB/9 in 2008, so he has proven he can be an effective major league reliever.


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35 Comments on "Blue Jays Claim Taylor Buchholz"


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rockiesfan_303
4 years 9 months ago

Buccholz was reliable for us, and he will be missed. We definetly won the Jason Jennings trade, its amazing how lopsided it was. Good luck Taylor!

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BobbyJohn
4 years 9 months ago

If he can get healthy then you Jays fans are going to be very happy having this guy in your bullpen. I was actually surprised that the Rockies made this move, to be honest. They’ve been patient in giving him a chance to get healthy and then they cut him loose now? Didn’t make much sense to me.

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe they were hoping to sneak him through? He’s really not in shape to pitch right now so perhaps they thought they might be able to keep him. Maybe they’re frustrated with him and just wanted to be done with him-he had the TJ surgery, now he keeps having recurring back trouble.

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Paul Drinkawater
4 years 9 months ago

The Sox dumped their Ace? cagey

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4 years 9 months ago

Ok quit it with the sarcasm there are enough jokes about that here

EDIT: Jon Lester is the Red Sox ace.

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Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

That’s debatable. Lester is more proven but Buchholz has been better IMO. I think Buchholz is better in the long-run but both are solid aces so really, it doesn’t matter. And it’s even better when you get a healthy Beckett back.

<8 you Red Sox.

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deere5800
4 years 9 months ago

Shouldn’t an ace be the one who is proven? To me an ace is someone who has had success for a number of years and you just come to expect great numbers every year. Buchholz only has one year and change under his belt. I think we’re too quick to give ace status away, it should mean more than just your best pitcher in any given year.

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AJCBE
4 years 9 months ago

When are people going to realize that sarcasm doesn’t come across funny on these pages? It just creates stupid arguments between stupid people.

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baseballz
4 years 9 months ago

I totally agree, sarcasm is really hard to put across to people looking for baseball talk. The boundary between it and trolling is very thin indeed.

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4 years 9 months ago

I thought it was pretty funny.

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rzepczynski
4 years 9 months ago

2.17 ERA in 08? was that with the rockies, cuz thats good ERA for a rockies pitcher pre humidor

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4 years 9 months ago

They had the humidor in ’08

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shockey12
4 years 9 months ago

Yes it was. His recent numbers have been ballooned by injuries. If he gets healthy he could be pretty good.

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johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

I was hoping he would slip by the Jays and get to Boston, looks like was close also. Buchholz throws pretty much same stuff as Clay does, only his FB is a few ticks less.

Would seem to be a good middle relief guy if the Jays lose some of the pieces they have via FA, or decide to trade them over the winter and in May 2012 will be 2 full years since he had the TJ surgery so that shouldn’t be an issue any longer unless he is one of the few that just never come back from it.

Really hard to see how all those NL teams passed this guy by tho, especially the Fish and how lousy the BP of theirs has been this season.

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 9 months ago

Why not? The Jays have had some success getting injured pitchers back on the mound. You know how they say it takes 12-18 months to come back from TJ surgery? I’m thinking Buccholz had his in June or July of 2009-which means he’s not at the 18 months yet. I know I’m grasping here, but pitchers are weird, strange, wonderful sorts that surprise you sometimes with their tenacity to come back. I’d be willing to take a chance on anyone who’s not too expensive that impresses me with his efforts to get back.

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johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

Shawn Hill is starting tonight for the first time since his second TJ

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 9 months ago

See, that’s what I’m talking about. Chris Capuano pitched and won a game last night. He is also back after a second TJ surgery. No big contract, no long term contract, but a contract and a place to try for a comeback. I’m all for it if a team wants to work with a formerly injured pitcher.

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Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

Can we get the other one… please?

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Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

AA is a genius!

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johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

Yes….he is a genius….now he will target Josh Bard…look out Boston!!!

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

No doubt. I actually really like this move!

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed. Good low risk move.

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Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

I think he was being sarcastic?

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I guess he was. Well I wasn’t being sarcastic though.

I mean, this is a win win for the Jays…We got a Red Sox pitcher who has a 2.25 ERA and is in the Cy Young hunt! Wowzers!

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4 years 9 months ago

You beat me to it! Wonder how many Jays fans are thinking…”wow, we just got this guy for free when he was going to cost us Halladay last year! Go AA!”

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

yeah. Funny stuff and it’s not like it’s Clay Jones and Taylor Jones. But seriously, this could be another case of AA buying low on a guy with upside. Does T Bucholz have a lot of upside? No, but he used to be very, very good.

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4 years 9 months ago

PLEASE tell me you’re being sarcastic now.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Yes I am.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Yes!!!!!!! I am so Happy about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Jays!!!!!!!!! We got Taylor…oh…

But I am always happy about Blue Jays Trnsactions!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 years 9 months ago

Looks like we have the next Blue Jay who’ll hit 45 HR’s!

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4 years 9 months ago

He’s a pitcher, genius.

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4 years 9 months ago

Nice comma edit–didn’t want to make Buchholz seem like the genius, eh?

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4 years 9 months ago

I am fully aware.

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 9 months ago

He’s obviously joking. Maybe you should focus on your spelling instead. It’s Buchholz.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

maybe you should google the following…

Parody
joke
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