With all the talk about Jake Peavy being traded to the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, fans somewhat forgot about the Boston Red Sox. All week long they’ve been the third horse in the race to acquire the starting pitcher, but that all changed on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox have reportedly struck a three-way deal that includes the Detroit Tigers in addition to the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox will send infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, while the White Sox will get outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Detroit is said to have gotten involved because they’re preparing for Jhonny Peralta‘s suspension, which will leave them with a vacancy in their infield.
But the main story here is of course Peavy and his 8-4 record heading east to Fenway Park. The right-hander is having a pretty solid year, boasting a 4.28 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 80 innings of work. He’s clearly regained some of the mojo he lost after surgery a couple years ago on his shoulder.
Peavy will join a good staff in Boston that ranks second in the majors in strikeouts (905) and 15th in ERA (3.80). The 32-year old right-hander is currently under contract through next season and will be owed $14.5 million in base salary in 2014.
The Red Sox clearly find his arm to be worth the price and you can’t really argue with them. In the tightly contested AL East, the BoSox are going to need all the quality outings they can get down the stretch. Entering Wednesday, Boston is currently 0.5 GB.
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