This news comes at the unfortunate situation of Red Sox’s ace Clay Buchholz, who is scheduled to get another opinion on his injury tomorrow. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 8th with a neck issue. Before his injury, Buchholz had managed to put his sub-par 2012 behind him and pitch like one of the best pitchers in baseball. In 12 starts, spanning 84.1 innings, he posted a 9-0 record to go along with a 1.71 ERA, the best in baseball.
If Buchholz is expected to be out longer than anticipated, expect the Red Sox to be major players for Matt Garza. Garza himself is having a pretty nice year, going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and a 62/20 K/BB ratio. The Red Sox’s rotation has been solid on the season, with a 3.81 ERA that is tied for the 8th best in baseball (coincidentally, tied with the Chicago Cubs.) However, the acquisition of Garza, even in the event that Buchholz is back on time, would allow them to consider moving Jon Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) either to the bullpen or to another team. This move would also allow fellow Cub-acquisition Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.14 ERA) to become expendable.