The Boston Red Sox have pulled off a major deal before Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline and seem to have landed the man they wanted. The Red Sox have acquired Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy for shortstop Jose Iglesias.
While not exactly a blockbuster of Cliff Lee or Giancarlo Stanton proportions, it is a significant trade and involves more than a few moving pieces.
The Red Sox sent Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever BrayanVillareal, then sent Garcia and Red Sox minor leaguers Cleuluis Rondon, J.B. Wendelken and Francellis Montas to the White Sox for Peavy.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said, "This was the deal we thought made the most sense. We thought Peavy, of the starting pitchers that were available, was the best fit for us."
Here is what the Red Sox are getting in Peavy. The 32-year-old right hander is a 12-year veteran, a former Cy Young Award winner, a three-time All-Star with a career record of 128-97, a 3.79 ERA and 1824 strikeouts.
In Peavy’s last two seasons he’s thrown 300 innings, has a 3.61 ERA, 270 strikeouts, just 66 walks, and he’s only missed eight starts.
Peavy’s record this season with the White Sox was 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA. Peavy spent time on the disabled list this year with a broken rib, but is healthy now.
By adding Peavy, the Red Sox and are now poised to make a real charge in the American League. However, the price was a costly one. Boston may have Peavy for the next 14 months, but the slick fielding Iglesias could be in the middle of the Tiger diamond for the next ten years.
The move could pave the way for the Red Sox number one prospect Xander Bogaerts. But CSNNE's Sean McAdam's reports Will Middlebrooks may be the player called up.
While the trade did cost prospects and money, Peavy is owed approximately $6 million this year, $14.5 next year and a $15 million conditional player option (or $4 million buyout) in '15, it puts the Red Sox in prime position for a playoff push. A starting pitching staff of Peavy, Jon Lester, a healthy Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Ryan Dempster matches up quite well against any staff in the American League. Don't forget the Red Sox also have Felix Doubront and Brandon Workman who could provide power arms in the Boston bullpen.
The Red Sox have made it clear: this is no bridge year. Boston is hoping Peavy is the piece that puts them over the top in the quest for a World Series championship.