Thursday, July 05, 2007

Sox Trading Chip Clay Buchholz is Player of Week

Hard-throwing Red Sox pitching prospect Clay Buchholz -- a speculative chip in White Sox negotiations to deal rotation ace Mark Buehrle -- has been named Eastern League Player of the Week.

Buchholz's ERA fell to 1.69 as he gave up only one run over 11.33 innings for Double A Portland in two starts during team's most recent seven-day period. The 22-year-old former first round pick struck out 11 in just 6.33 innings in his most recent game, raising his record to 6-2 in 15 starts. Buchholz has struck out a total of 115 in 85.33 innings on the season.

The White Sox, meanwhile, continue to try to re-sign Buehrle but the team is envisioned trading him if no accord is reached by the end of the month. Numerous teams are reportedly following the negotiations, having tendered offers.