There's another Buchholz in Beantown. Long living in the shadow of the more dominant Clay Buchholz, reliever Taylor Buchholz has made his way from the Philadelphia to Houston to Colorado to Toronto and has landed in Boston after being claimed off waivers earlier today, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.
This 29-year-old Buchholz was first drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round of the 2000 amateur draft. In eight seasons developing and rehabbing at the minor league level, Buchholz owns a 3.95 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
First appearing on the Major League stage for the 2006 Astros, Buchholz was less than stellar over 113 innings in which he posted a 5.89 ERA. However, that rookie year inflates his career numbers significantly. Ignoring that rough first year at the Show, Taylor Buchholz can boast a career 3.40 ERA in 172 innings of better-than-solid relief work for Colorado and Toronto.
Due to Tommy John surgery in 2009, Buchholz became somewhat overpaid for the remainder of his time in Colorado and his brief stint in Toronto. Earning $1.055 million each of the last two seasons and approaching another year of arbitration, Buchholz probably priced himself off the Blue Jays' roster.
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