Red Sox, Pirates Express Interest In Duchscherer

Yesterday it was Jayson Werth; today the Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent righty Justin Duchscherer according to WEEI's Rob Bradford.  Bradford adds that Duchscherer "has made it clear to clubs that he is only interested in pursuing opportunities as a starter."  The Pirates have also expressed interest, reports Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

We examined Duchscherer's free agent stock here.  The 32-year-old righty has made only 32 starts over the past three years due to injuries and clinical depression, but after having both hips and his elbow surgically repaired he remarked to MLB.com's Jane Lee, "I can't imagine what else could go wrong."  He should require less than this year's $1.75MM guarantee, I imagine.  The Red Sox and Pirates had interest in him a year ago as well.


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31 Comments on "Red Sox, Pirates Express Interest In Duchscherer"


RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

Seems like every year the Red Sox go after one of these types. If he’s open to a bullpen role, this would certainly be a low risk, high reward option. He couldn’t be any worse than MDC was last season.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Somehow I’m not surprised. Theo tends to fixate on some players.

derekbellstutu
4 years 9 months ago

Duchscherer’s value is at an all-time low, which should make him attractive to a lot of teams. I think he’d make a great addition to the Sox bullpen. He’s also one of the guys I think the Pirates should inquire about, along with Brandon Webb and Rich Harden. Duchscherer might be looking for a low pressure environment like Pittsburgh to regain his confidence and value.

RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

If he has his sights set on starting, PIT could be the perfect situation for him.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Not to mention he could get something in return for the Pirates. If he was to sign there and had a solid first half it would probably mean he’s getting flipped.

depaolo_creed
4 years 9 months ago

I’d like to think Duchscherer still has some real potential. It’s a shame that injuries and mental health delayed his career. As a Phillies fan I’d like to see them pursue him. He could provide some competition in the back of the rotation and fill in nicely as a long man or Chad Durbin replacement in the bullpen.

redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

Duchscherer could end up having a come back season. Like the article mentioned, “what else could go wrong”. He’s proven he can pitch when he’s healthy, not to mention Curt Young would remain his pitching coach.

azdsnd
4 years 9 months ago

It’s not like having one elbow surgery precludes the possibility of another elbow surgery.

redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

What I’m saying is the price is so low, it’s worth taking a “risk” of another elbow injury.

Potrzeba
4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t mine signing rich harden. when he’s healthy hes dominate.

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

I really don’t see anything coming of this. At best, he’d get a bullpen/spot start role and that wouldn’t be particularly useful for rebuilding his value. He’s bound to get a better opportunity elsewhere.

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

“I can’t imagine what else could go wrong.” That’s not a very positive statement coming from someone who’s been treated for clinical depression. I’d be even more concerned with his mental health than his physical health. It’s a tougher road to recovery.

Duchscherer would be a cheap gamble for Theo. Duchscherer’s proven he has the talent and I would like to see the guy succeed. I’m just not very optimistic about the 2010 payoff.

thegrayrace
4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t worry about 2010 payoff much, unless you are hoping to get him in a few games in the Dominican Winter League before New Years…

LiveFastCyYoung
4 years 9 months ago

Would love to see Dombrowski go after him for the Tigers. They don’t do enough of the low risk / high reward type signings and I think Duchscherer would do well under Rick Knapp, and in a low pressure situation, sitting as the #5 starter in the rotation / spot starter.

In other words, would take him over Eddie Bonine or Armando Galarraga.

towney007
4 years 9 months ago

I really, really, really like Justin Duscherer, but I dunno if he’s a fit in Boston. For one, I don’t like the idea of a guy who’s had some mental health issues playing in Boston. It just seems so high pressure here and I feel like a guy like Ducherer would fold up like a deck of cards.

In terms of his health – eh – I’m not as convinced he’s done as some other people are. When this guy’s healthy, he’s a top of the rotation starter. He hadn’t lost any control, velocity on all his pitches was still there… So there’s a lot of reason to be optimistic that he can be a high reward kind of guy.

The I just don’t know if that’s in Boston though… and like I said, i’m probably higher on the guy that most and I’m a Red Sox fan – but you’ve got the history of mental health issues, the pressure of playing in Boston and a roster loaded with pitching talent. I just don’t know if it’s a worthwhile fit. However, a lot of teams could really benefit from having him.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 9 months ago

I hope the Sox sign Werth instead of the Tigers. He seems like the most likely to be a bust. Id love to see the Tigers go after one or (wishful thinking) two of 1. Carl Crawford 2. Adam Dunn 3. Victor Martinez or 4. Jayson Werth in that order. I might even move Dunn ahead of Crawford just because of the sheer cost it will take to get him.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

If he’s going to make less than 1.75m…
I’d sign him right away! after a physical….

RepOak
4 years 9 months ago

There is a reason why the A’s don’t want him. Yea they are loaded wit great pitching but Justin is just too injury prone. A’s wouldn’t mind another arm but when they put him in the pen is when he first hurt his hip and went on the DL. He does have great stuff but the problem will be his health. I wouldn’t take the risk. If teams want middle relief, there are tons of options this off season for that.

cayanksfan
4 years 9 months ago

I’m a Yankees fan, obviously, and I was hoping NY would go after him, I think if healthy he could be great as both a starter and reliever!

John LeClair
4 years 9 months ago

I really would rather Harden especially since we have Curt Young, he could help get him back in top form.

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

would you buy a car if you saw the carfax and it had its engine rebuilt, transmission rebuilt, had busted headlights and for some reason it had a faint odor inside? how about if the title was branded salvage?

BayBall510
4 years 9 months ago

Duchscherer leaned on Curt Young a lot to help get through some real tough times in Oakland, but I’m not sure he’s ready for the pressure in Boston. Not to mention the fact that he’s unbelievably fragile and a bit of a prima donna (good luck trying to convince him to return to the bullpen). Don’t think you can understate how much the low-key situation in Oakland helped him. I’d think Pittsburgh, Washington or KC would be ideal landing spots for him.

Luds
4 years 9 months ago

Yanks could move in on him as well, especially if Pettitte doesn’t return.

Luds
4 years 9 months ago

Yanks could move in on him as well, especially if Pettitte doesn’t return.

Pirates_in_2013
4 years 9 months ago

Why not give him a shot Neil? Pick him up, better than a lot of other options.