The Boston Red Sox made their move on trade deadline day as they made a bid to bolster their starting rotation.
In a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, Boston will send three minor league prospects to Chicago and send Shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit.
The White Sox send Jake Peavy to Boston and the Tigers send Avasail Garcia to Chicago and minor league pitcher Brayan Villarreal to Boston.
Although the trade seemed to be on the cards for some time, some find it to be a surprising move that doesn’t radically improve the Red Sox rotation.
There is no doubt that Jake Peavy has had a stellar career, the right-handed pitcher has been voted to three All-Star games and won the National League CY Young award in 2007.
In 2010 however, Peavy suffered a serious injury and has been plagued ever since. He suffered an injury to the hip earlier in the season, which was a difficult set back.
There is also the argument that Peavy doesn’t really offer much of an upgrade in terms of performance to the pitchers already on the roster.
So far this season, Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 earned run average, not exactly elite numbers for a starting pitcher. Of course it is true that Clay Buchholz picked up an injury and it is not known when, if at all he will return this season.
Recent games however, seem to indicate that the Red Sox are turning the corner in terms of pitching performance. John Lackey has seen a return of the form he had before his season long injury in 2012 and Jon Lester appears to be getting past the poor run of form he was experiencing.
Then there is the vast improvement that has been shown in the ability of Felix Doubront and the great potential being shown by Rookie Brandon Workman.
Given these factors then, Red Sox fans would be easily forgiven for believing that Jake Peavy has little to offer the organization. General Manager Ben Cherington however, believes differently.
“We’re comfortable with where he is physically,” Cherington said to the media.
“We obviously went through the medical review. All three teams had a chance to look at the files for all the players involved. We’re comfortable where Jake is.”
Jake Peavy will also be another veteran head for the Red Sox clubhouse as they look to make a good run for the playoffs.
He shows the right desire and attitude to win games, which should help him thrive in Boston.
On the whole, the trade works for Boston. They receive a veteran starting pitcher who can be brilliant on his day, and in return trade Jose Iglesias, a player who many fans would not have expected to have been traded, but given the depth the Red Sox have at shortstop, it isn’t all that surprising.