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Buchholz: I never requested a trade

06.17.09 at 11:10 pm ET

The future of Clay Buchholz has been a hot topic the past couple of days because a recent New England Cable News interview with the pitcher left some wondering if Buchholz wants out.

‘€œI’€™ve had talks with my agent the last month and a half, two months,’€ Buchholz told NECN. ‘€œThere’€™s nowhere to go.’€

On Wednesday, however, Buchholz waited until the cameras were off before elaborating on what exactly those talks were.

‘€œIt wasn’€™t anything specific about me calling [my agent] and telling him, ‘€˜Hey, get me out of here,’€™” said Buchholz. ‘€œIt was just more or less asking him, ‘€˜Hey what’€™s going on? What can I do to change the situation?’€™ and his answer was, ‘€˜Really nothing because there’€™s not really anywhere to go.’€™

‘€œMy goal is to pitch in Boston,’€ Buchholz added. ‘€œ[The media] might have went a little out of context with it because I’€™m getting a little frustrated, but on the up and up that’€™s where I want to be. Fenway is the best place to pitch and the Red Sox are the best team to play for. I don’€™t see me being anywhere else except for Boston, so that’€™s where I want to be.’€

The proclamation may sound like backtracking, but it came as a genuine admission from a kid who doesn’€™t want to get traded. After laughing at the notion that he was trying to ‘€œtalk his way out of town,’€ Buchholz said that he’€™s been assured he’€™s safe by the Boston brass.

‘€œIf I do happen to get traded it’€™s going to be for the betterment of Boston,’€ said Buchholz. ‘€œIf that’€™s what they’€™ve got to do, then that’€™s what they’€™ve got to do, but I’€™ve been told by a couple of people that are high up in the front office that I’€™m here and I don’€™t see myself going anywhere in the future unless it’€™s for somebody that they really think can help the team.’€

Buchholz apologized for any ruckus that the interview caused, and showed the same enthusiasm towards his eventual return to the big leagues that he did in spring training.

‘€œThat was a little bitterness coming out of me, but I can’€™t be too bitter,’€ said Buchholz. ‘€œI’€™m still pitching healthy and I’€™ll get my shot sooner or later.’€

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