Jake Peavy Dealt To Boston In Three-Way Trade
As the trade deadline loomed three American League teams were able to lock horns on a multi-player trade that on paper seems to work for all clubs involved.
The Boston Red Sox acquired their much needed arm for the playoff push landing 3-time All Star Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox sit perched in second place, a half a game back of the division leading Tampa Bay Rays in the always competitive American League East. In Peavy, the Red Sox obtain a former Cy-Young award winner and solid front of the rotation starter who can fill the void of injured hurler Clay Buchholz. This season the 32-year old right hander owns an 8-4 record with a 4.28 earned run average on a very lack lustre, underachieving White Sox team. The Red Sox also acquired reliever Brayan Villarreal in the Peavy package from Detroit. Villarreal has limited time at the major league level this season after a successful 2012 campaign with the Tigers.
The Red Sox in turn shipped promising shortstop Jose Iglesias to the American League Central leading Detroit Tigers. Iglesias who is more known for his glove has impressed with the stick this season batting .330 in 62 games for the Red Sox thus far. This acquisition ensures the Tigers are not caught asleep at the wheel if Jhonny Peralta is handed down a suspension in the unravelling of the Biogenesis scandal. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was asked about the likelihood of a Peralta suspension to which he replied [quote]”There’s a lot of uncertainty in this situation that concerned me.”[/quote]
The acquisition of Iglesias came at a price as the Tigers shipped highly touted prospect Avisail Garcia to their division rival White Sox. Garcia is regarded as a 5-tool player and was ranked as the 74th prospect by Baseball America. Garcia was batting .382 in his first stint in Triple A with the Toledo Mud Hens at the time of the deal. Garcia has 53 games of MLB experience between two seasons with the Tigers. White Sox GM Rick Hahn spoke highly of Garcia prior to the deal [quote]”We truly feel this is a five-tool player.”[/quote]
It should be interesting to see what other corresponding moves are made before today’s deadline as opposing teams attempt to keep pace and offset this deal.