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

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

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

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

  3. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    AA is a genius!

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      No doubt. I actually really like this move!

      • Sniderlover 5 years ago

        I think he was being sarcastic?

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years 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!

          • PLEASE tell me you’re being sarcastic now.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Yes I am.

          • 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!”

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years 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.

      • HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

        Agreed. Good low risk move.

    • johnsmith4 5 years ago

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

  4. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    Can we get the other one… please?

  5. rzepczynski 5 years ago

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

    • shockey12 5 years ago

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

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years 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.

        • johnsmith4 5 years ago

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

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years 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.

      • johnsilver 5 years 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.

    • They had the humidor in ’08

  6. AJCBE 5 years 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.

    • I thought it was pretty funny.

    • baseballz 5 years 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.

  7. Paul Drinkawater 5 years ago

    The Sox dumped their Ace? cagey

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

      EDIT: Jon Lester is the Red Sox ace.

      • Sniderlover 5 years 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.

        • deere5800 5 years 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.

  8. BobbyJohn 5 years 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.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years 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.

  9. rockiesfan_303 5 years 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!

  10. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    maybe you should google the following…


  11. HerbertAnchovy 5 years ago

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

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