With the MLB trade deadline set for Wednesday, one of the hottest players still on the market was pitcher Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox. For a team that has struggled throughout the 2013 season, the White Sox knew it would be best to get rid of Peavy now and start focusing on acquiring new players for the future.
Now, it appears Chicago has found a new home for their former beloved pitcher–the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox have reportedly agreed on a three-team deal that would send Peavy to the Red Sox. Along with Peavy to the Red Sox, Jose Iglesias is reportedly going to the Detroit Tigers and there’s still the chance of Chicago receiving another player from Boston.
Confusing? Yes. A smart move by the White Sox? Absolutely.
It’s safe to say the playoffs are out of the question already for the White Sox as they sit in the basement of the AL Central and with the hefty $14.5 million owed to Peavy next season–it was smart for Chicago to clear some of the salary cap space. Peavy is currently 8-4 on the season with a 4.28 ERA, but there’s no reason why those numbers shouldn’t improve now that he’s part of the Red Sox rotation.
When considering how tight of a race the AL East is turning out to be, Boston realized how important it was to add another solid starting pitcher–so let’s hope this move pays off for the final few months of the regular season.