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Jake Peavy Lands with Red Sox in 3-Team Trade

by Photo of Kenneth Teape

The Red Sox landed one of the bigger prizes on the trade market Tuesday in a 3-team, 7-player swap.

Jake Peavy Lands with Red Sox in 3-Team Trade

The first domino in what should shape up to be a busy MLB trade deadline fell last night as the Boston Red Sox were able to land Jake Peavy, the consensus second best pitcher available on the market. It was a three team deal with the Detroit Tigers joining the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. In the deal the Tigers will receive third baseman/shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox while the White Sox will receive Avisail Garcia from the Tigers and three Red Sox prospects. The Red Sox also received Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers in the transaction. It is somewhat of a surprise that the Red Sox were able to land Peavy as the Arizona Diamondbacks were thought to be the front runners heading towards the deadline.

This is a trade that benefits all three teams involved. The Red Sox land the starting pitcher that they coveted and at a much cheaper cost than obtaining Cliff Lee. The Tigers get a player that can step in at shortstop with a suspension looming for Johnny Peralta and substantially upgrade the weak Tigers defense. The White Sox, who look to be in full clean house and rebuild mode, landed the best power hitting prospect the Tigers had and three prospects in the lower level of the minor leagues but with good upside.

The biggest piece in this trade is Peavy, who will give the Red Sox a pitcher many executives and scouts look at as a top-10 MLB pitcher. His injury history is long but he is a proven major league pitcher that brings a ton of success along with him to a Boston team needing to stabilize their starting rotation. He brings along with him a 6.3 WAR since 2012, making him by that measure the most successful starting pitcher the Red Sox now have. On the season Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP to go along with 76 strikeouts in 80 innings over 12 starts.

This was an important trade for the Red Sox as the addition of Peavy will help bolster a starting rotation still without a timetable for undefeated ace Clay Buchholz. Peavy gives the Red Sox another arm to help bolster their postseason chances against top flight rotations like the one the Tampa Bay Rays employ.

The moving of Iglesias leaves a hole at third base for the Red Sox, who are without a viable option in-house to replace him. With a couple of hours left until the trade deadline expect to hear more rumors swirling around the Red Sox. There was news earlier that Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young said he would waive his no-trade clause if he was traded to the Red Sox. It is something worth keep an eye on as last night Young stated he would only accepting a trade to the Texas Rangers but looks to be changing his tune to get back to a playoff contender.

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