Why do folks think it would be an awful trade? Buchholz is 25, not 22; there's a pretty good chance he never pans out the way his ceaseless hype foretold. And it's very possible VMart will become the catcher for the Sox over the next few years, not just a 1Bman.
Talk to me.
Even if you don't think Buchholz will pan out to at least be a mid-rotation guy (a cost-controlled #3 would carry immense value in any event), you have to reason that he could have been spun (or packaged) for someone with A) more short-term benefit (i.e., Halladay) or B) more long-term benefit (someone of Gonzalez ilk). Trade value.
This isn't even a debate over whether Buchholz will ever achieve ace status; it (the rumor-- if true) would appear to me to be a mismanagement of resources, all the while condemning the Sox to rely on a 3/4/5 or Wakefield/Smoltz/Penny from here on out
-- while ALSO leaving only Lester, Beckett, and Daisuke as the only major league caliber starters
(I am not counting Wakefield and refuse to count Masterson/Bowden at this time) under contract for next season.
The more I think about it, the more I really hope it's Bowden and not Buchholz.
EDIT: And it seems the Rosenthal report implies it.
Edited by czar, 31 July 2009 - 01:28 PM.