of the Year Curt Schilling Jersey , Clay would win, in a land-slide."2018 rating: 8.362017 rating: N/A2018 salary: $1.2 million (approx)2018 performance: 7-2, 2.01 ERA, 98.1 IP, 80 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 9 HR, 22 BB, 81 SO2019 status: free-agentIf you’d said at the start of the year, that 2018 Clay Buchholz would be worth more to the D-backs than 2017 J.D. Martinez, I’d have looked at you VERY strangely. It’s especially remarkable, considering he wasn’t even in the major leagues on Opening Day, or anywhere in the Diamondbacks’ organization. But that’s exactly what bWAR tells us: Buchholz was worth 3.2 wins, compared to Martinez’s 2.6 wins - and cost the team nothing in prospects, as well as about one-quarter of J.D’s salary. Indeed, Clay set a franchise record, giving the team its best ERA ever by any pitcher throwing 80 or more innings in a season. Here are the top 10 such years. [A lot of Randy Johnson, to no-one’s surprise!]Best D-backs pitchers, 80+ IPRkPlayerERAIPYearGGSWLHRERBBSOHRRkPlayerERAIPYearGGSWLHRERBBSOHRBuchholz did spend spring training in Arizona, as a member of the Kansas City Royals http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , with whom he signed a minor-league contract in March. He had missed virtually all of 2017 with a flexor strain in his throwing arm, and this was his attempt at a comeback season. He pitched well in the remainder of the pre-season, but was assigned to the minors to continue his work. When April ended, and he had not been called up, Buchholz exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and became a free-agent. With the D-backs needing help, due to the loss for the season of Taijuan Walker, Mike Hazen - who was familiar with Buchholz from the Red Sox - signed the pitcher to a minor-league contract on May 4.By the time Clay made his Diamondbacks’ debut a little more than two weeks later, we were very pleased to see him. This was simply because he took the spot in the rotation occupied previously by, first, Kris Medlen, and then Troy Scribner. They had combined to allow nine earned runs over 7.2 innings, on 13 hits and 10 walks, so we were happy simply to have someone on the mound who was #NotKrisMedlen. And after those two, Buchholz’s debut appearance was like a glass of fine Cabernet Sauvignon, after being waterboarded with a case of Mad Dog 20/20. In his first start (above), Clay pitched five innings of one-run ball, holding the Mets to two hits. His second again allowed a pair of hits and one run, as Buchholz threw six innings in Oakland. He had been lucky - over those two outings, his BABIP was an unsustainable .067. But the peripherals started to follow in his third outing, where he again allowed one run, this time over seven frames Gregor Blanco Jersey , and struck out nine Marlins while walking one. That gave Clay his first major-league victory since Sep 21, 2016, and with the exception of a speed-bump against the Pirates on June 12, Buchholz continued to pitch well. He didn’t allow many free passes, walking barely two per nine innings (MLB average = 3.25), got ahead in counts (68% first-pitch strikes), and his hard-hit rate of 38.1% was the lowest of our regular starters. Clay missed a month with a strained oblique, but came back stronger than ever, peaking on August 16 in San Diego (above). He threw one of two complete games tossed by Arizona this season, on five hits and no walks. It was his first nine-inning effort since Independence Day 2015 in Boston, opening a spectacular stretch. He had five consecutive starts allowing zero or one earned runs, a streak not surpassed since the D-backs’ inaugural season, when Andy Benes had six in a row [Buchholz’s five matched that of Robbie Ray and Patrick Corbin in 2017, as well as Brandon Webb (2007) and Randy Johnson (2002)]. Overall, his line was:Clay Buchholz: 34.1 IP, 23 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 26 SO, 2 HR Fernando Rodney Jersey , 0.79 ERAUnfortunately, the streak and Clay’s season came to an abrupt end on September 13, with the D-backs fighting for playoff daylight. While warming up in the bullpen, he felt tightness in his throwing elbow, and had to be scratched from the scheduled start. A subsequent MRI showed a flexor mass strain, the same area of his arm which brought an end to Buchholz’s 2017 campaign. It ended his season prematurely again, although unlike last time, there was no apparent need for surgery: rest and an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help the healing process was the prescribed treatment here, and Buchholz is expected to be ready for spring training next year. The question of with whom he may be pitching, remains to be decided, Clay having become a free-agent at the end of last season. Although the question of health would have to be answered first, it initially appeared that the player was definitely interested in returning to Arizona. Clay said, “It’s a lot easier going into a clubhouse in spring knowing everybody rather than a new one... when you already have a bond and relationship with people in the clubhouse.” However, the additions, first of Merrill Kelly and then Luke Weaver to the rotation, appear at this point to have filled the slots which were opened by the loss to free-agency of Buchholz and Patrick Corbin. The key words, of course, are “at this point.” If, for example, the team moves to trade away Zack Greinke, and doesn’t get a starting pitcher back Jorge De La Rosa Jersey , then there would be another spot in need of being filled. Given how well he pitched for Arizona in 2018, learning to pitch with diminished stuff (his average fastball this year was 90.2 mph, compared to 92.1 with the Red Sox in 2016), we could do a lot worse than look at bringing Clay back in such a scenario. Regardless, we thank Buchholz for his service - and in particular, for saving us from having to endure the likes of Medlen and Scribner every fifth day. Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesCincinnati Reds pitcher Matt Harvey has already been traded once this season and could be on the move again given the latest report.According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, an unknown team claimed Harvey on revocable waivers, which opens up the possibility Cincinnati could trade him even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed.Andrew Simon of MLB.com provided a rundown of what can happen after a player is claimed on waivers:"Once a player is claimed, his team faces three options. It can pull the player back and keep him, negotiate a trade with the claiming team or let the player go. In the last scenario, the claiming team takes full responsibility for the player's remaining salary. If the two sides decide to work out a trade, they have two days to do so."The New York Mets traded Harvey to the Reds in May in exchange for catcher Devin Mesoraco after the right-handed pitcher posted an ugly 7.00 ERA in eight appearances in New York this season.However, he has shown improvement for the Reds and has a 4.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 17 starts, making him a more valuable trade piece. It makes sense for Cincinnati to move him since it is in last place and could acquire a young asset to bolster its rebuild in a deal before Harvey potentially leaves in free agency this offseason.While there was a time when Harvey was one of the best pitchers in baseball, he posted a 4.86 ERA in 2016 and 6.70 ERA in 2017 before this up-and-down year. The Mets also shut him down in 2016 to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.Still, he is just 29 years old, was a 2013 All-Star and won the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year Award while helping lead the Mets to the World Series. He is a low-risk option for potential contenders at this point and likely wouldn't command a significant return package in a trade.Harvey has October experience and has proved himself in the past, and at least one unknown team took a step toward landing him for the stretch run.