While it might appear that the fantasy blog is unusually focused on my AL-only roster today, let me assure you that's not...well, yeah, that's the case. But it's more your problem than mine.
Brad Penny(notes) "has become one of the most valuable [trade] chips in the game," according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
This is great news for those of us who've been patiently holding Clay Buchholz(notes) in deep formats. In 48.1 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket, Buchholz has gone 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 49 Ks. He carried a perfect game into the ninth on Memorial Day, but Danny Richar(notes) spoiled it with a single. Buchholz finished off the near-flawless one-hit effort with seven Ks and no walks. His fastball was reportedly 94-97 mph all night.
After an earlier one-hit performance, Buchholz told MiLB.com, "I'm not really sure what it will take to get back to the Majors...I feel like I'm really in my prime right now."
It's likely going to take a Penny deal, and we've got the John Smoltz(notes) rehab situation to contend with as well. Smoltz is expected to get a start at Double-A Portland tonight; he worked in the 90-92 mph range in his previous outing at Single-A Greenville.
So there are a few obstacles for Buchholz. Just keep him on the radar, because he's been utterly dominant thus far. You'll recall that he's experienced a bit of success in the Majors, too. (See above).
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