Buchholz, an 11-year veteran, will try to latch on with the D-backs after being released from his minor-league deal with the Royals on Tuesday. The right-hander had pitched 16 innings between the Royals’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, giving up just two runs on 10 hits while striking out nine batters and walking seven.
Buchholz is a two-time All-Star and helped the Red Sox to a World Series victory in 2013. The 33-year-old has battled injuries and inconsistency throughout his career, though, and has only posted a 4.01 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 1,175 career innings pitched. His last season in which he had a lot of success was in 2013, when he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts.
Buchholz was traded to the Phillies last offseason after he spent 10 seasons in Boston, but made just two starts for Philadelphia due to a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow that required him to undergo surgery. Over those two outings, he allowed 10 earned runs (12.27 ERA) on 16 hits while striking out five and walking three in 7 1⁄3 innings.