Clay Buchholz might have wanted to spend his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, but he admitted today that most players don’t stay with one team their entire career (although he pointed out Dustin Pedroia probably will). He’s therefore trying to put a positive spin on being traded from Boston to the Phillies during the off season.
After spending his entire career with the Red Sox since being drafted back in 2005, Buchholz showed up today for his first day of Spring Training with Philadelphia. While speaking with the media there, he said he was energized and looking forward to a new start.
“I think a change of scenery for me to get somewhere else and meet some new guys and play for a different uniform, organization,” Buchholz told Phillies reporters. “The Red Sox gave me a lot, gave me the opportunity but a new chapter and I look forward to going on the field with these guys here.”
“I think it energizes anybody,” Buchholz continued. “There are expectations that are brought back to you, that sense of complacency being in one spot for an extended period of time that’s gone and you want to preform for the new faces and show that you’re still good at your craft and good at what you do.”
After having having an ERA of 6.75 after 21 starts last season, the right hander was moved to the bullpen — a move that’s never a good feeling for any starter. He was able to slightly turn things around and ended the season with a 4.78 ERA in 139.1 innings pitched. It will be interesting to see if Buchholz is able to continue turning things around now that he’s with a new team.
You can check out the full video of Buchholz’s interview, which was posted by the Delaware Journal News.