Red Sox interested in Duchscherer
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:52 am
A source tells WEEI.com that the Red Sox, who drafted Justin Duchscherer in 1996 but never saw him take a major-league field, are interested in bringing him to Beantown next season.
Considering his upside and the fact that he can be signed to a low-base deal heavy on incentives, Duchscherer is an intriguing possibility for Boston or a number of other teams. When he's healthy, he's very effective -- a career 3.13 ERA and an ERA+ of 139. Problem is, he hasn't been healthy much the past couple of years. He didn't pitch at all in 2009 while dealing with elbow surgery and clinical depression. The Athletics signed him to an incentive-laden deal last year, but he made only five starts (2-1, 2.89) before having hip surgery in June.
The last time he was fully healthy, in 2008, he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA for the A's and was an All-Star. With the exception of 2007, when he missed most of the season due to his first hip surgery, the guy hasn't put up an ERA over 2.91 since 2004. If his health checks out, seems like a low-risk, potentially high-reward option for somebody.
-- David Andriesen
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