For the Red Sox, the dealing of Buchholz gives them some payroll flexibility and opens up a back of the rotation spot for a younger arm. For the Phillies, this would seem to give the team a logjam of starting pitching with Buchholz expected to fall in somewhere between Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola or Jared Eickhoff. Vince Velasquez would seem to have the best shot at the final rotation spot, with Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin, Alec Asher and Adam Morgan all expected to be in the mix as well. If the wheels come off the Phillies' season early, Buchholz could find himself dealt to a contender in July.
Buchholz appeared in the Topps flagship and Topps Heritage sets last year. To make room for the new pitcher on the roster, Richie Shaffer, with the organization for less than a week, was designated for assignment.
I'd sad to see Tobias go. We saw him play this summer at Lakewood, and he was one of the few players who took the time to sign a number of autographs for the younger fans - my two sons included. I have two Tobias cards in my collection, both from minor league team sets.
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David Buchanan Chachi Checklist
2014 Chachi #44
2015 Chachi #16
2016 Chachi Almost #15
2017 Chachi Departures #8
Phil Klein Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi #52
2016 Chachi Fan Appreciation Day #8
2017 Chachi Departures #9
Moving On - 2016-2017 Offseason
- Cedric Hunter - of (10/3/16) - Elected free agency.
- James Russell - lhp (10/3/16) - Elected free agency.
- Emmanuel Burriss - inf (10/7/16) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Washington Nationals, 12/13/16.
- Frank Herrmann - rhp (10/7/16) - Outrighted off 40-man roster and elected free agency.
- Jimmy Paredes - of (10/7/16) - Outrighted off 40-man roster and elected free agency.
- Patrick Schuster - lhp (10/7/16) - Outrighted off 40-man roster, elected free agency and signed as a minor league free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 11/5/16.
- Ryan Howard - 1b (11/3/16) - Team option declined and elected free agency.
- Charlie Morton - rhp (11/3/16) - Team option declined, elected free agency and signed with the Houston Astros, 11/16/16.
- Peter Bourjos - of (11/3/16) - Elected free agency.
- A.J. Ellis - c (11/3/16) - Elected free agency and signed with the Miami Marlins, 12/12/16.
- David Hernandez - rhp (11/3/16) - Elected free agency.
- Darin Ruf - 1b-of and Darnell Sweeney - inf-of (11/11/16) - Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Howie Kendrick.
- Elvis Araujo - rhp (11/18/16) - Claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins.
- David Buchanan - rhp (11/23/16) - Released and signed with the Yakult Swallows (Japan), 12/20/16.
- Cody Asche - of (12/2/16) - Designated for assignment and non-tendered.
- Phil Klein - rhp (12/14/16) - Released and signed with the Yokohama BayStars (Japan), 12/20/16.
New Additions - 2016-2017 Offseason
- Pat Neshek - rhp (11/4/16) - Acquired from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
- Howie Kendrick - lf (11/11/16) - Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney.
- Joaquin Benoit - rhp (12/6/16) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Clay Buchholz - rhp (12/20/16) - Acquired from the Boston Red Sox for Josh Tobias.