The Boston Red Sox today traded right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Tobias, 24, has batted .301 (220-for-731) with a .362 on-base percentage in 188 minor league games since being selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the 2015 June Draft. The switch-hitter earned South Atlantic League mid-season and postseason All-Star honors in 2016, batting .291 (143-for-491) with 31 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 69 RBI, 70 runs, and 10 stolen bases between Single-A Lakewood (93 games) and High-A Clearwater (34 games). He batted .331 (39-for-118) against left-handed pitchers last season, as well as .279 (104-for-373) versus right-handers.
A native of Greensboro, NC, Tobias has made 164 starts at second base and five in left field in the minor leagues. He made his professional debut in 2015 with Short-A Williamsport, when he hit .321 (77-for-240) with an .837 OPS and was named a Short-Season All-Star by Baseball America. Tobias graduated in 2015 from the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology. He was a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team and twice was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He batted .301 in 213 career games with the Gators, including .355 in 2015.
Buchholz, 32, went 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA (74 ER/139.1 IP) in 37 appearances (21 starts) for the Red Sox in 2016. From July 27 through the remainder of the season, the right-hander was 5-1 with a 2.80 ERA (17 ER/54.2 IP) and a .212 opponent batting average (41-for-193). An American League All-Star in 2010 and 2013, Buchholz finished the 2016 season as the longest-tenured member of the Red Sox pitching staff, having appeared in the major leagues in each of the last 10 years (2007-16). In 206 major league appearances (188 starts), he is 81-61 with a 3.96 ERA (514 ER/1,167.2 IP) and nine complete games, having thrown a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on September 1, 2007, his second game in the big leagues.