Boston Red Sox Make First Big Move In AL East Race With Acquisition Of Chicago White Sox’ Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy

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After a quiet day on the trading front, the Boston Red Sox appear to have made the first big splash as it is reported they have gotten their man in Jake Peavy.

According to multiple sources, the Chicago White Sox will be sending Peavy, one of the top names on the trading block, to the Red Sox in a three-team trade that also involves the Detroit Tigers. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that Tigers prospect Avasail Garcia is headed to Chicago, while Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports adds that Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias is headed to Detroit.

The list of names involved in this trade could potentially grow, as Boston took top prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and Anthony Ranaudo out of their respective minor league games earlier in the day. Both could be headed to Chicago as well. Additionally, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Detroit RP Brayan Villarreal will be headed to Boston.

The Red Sox had been actively pursuing Peavy as well as Cliff Lee throughout the day. While it seemed like Boston really wanted Lee, Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was unwilling to budge on a deal unless it included the Red Sox’ no. 1 prospect, Xander Bogaerts.

While nothing is official yet, Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the sides are exchanging medical records. Pending medicals, all sources support that Peavy will be a member of the Red Sox by Wednesday, giving Boston a big weapon with which to fire their first volley in what looks to be a drawn-out battle for the AL East.

Marilee Gallagher is a baseball writer for RantSports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MGallagher17 like her page on Facebook, or join her network on Google.

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