The non-waiver trade deadline for Major League Baseball is approaching quickly, and the Boston Red Sox are sure to be in the market, specifically for a starting pitcher. If there is one name on the Red Sox’s radar, it is sure to be Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy.
With Clay Buchholz still weeks away from a return, the top team in the AL East is in need of some backup starters, especially with Jon Lester and Ryan Dempster struggling for consistency this year. The Red Sox need some help on their pitching staff if they are to hang onto their slim lead in one of the most competitive divisions in the major leagues, and Peavy would be a perfect fit.
This year, Peavy has gone 7-4 in his 12 starts with a 4.19 ERA and since his return from the DL last week, several teams have been looking at the right-hander, including the Red Sox. Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves worked with Peavy in Chicago for four years before joining John Farrell at Fenway Park, and while Peavy is due to make $14.5 million next season, he would be a perfect short-term fix for the Red Sox.
After Matt Garza was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers and Francisco Rodriguez was moved from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Baltimore Orioles, Peavy is considered to be the best pitcher still available on the market. With Buchholz possibly out for another month and sure to not be rushed back into action, Peavy’s name is sure to be on Boston’s radar and almost certain to be on the top of their list of targets.