The MLB trade deadline may still be a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean the rumors aren’t running rampant right now. With that being said, one of those rumors that surfaced today, and might be bigger than initially reported, is Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy being dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals.
With the Red Sox falling further and further out of contention, the time to start trading away pieces and getting ready for 2015 is going to be the focus for the Red Sox. As they sit 10 games out of the division and Wild Card, they don’t look like a team poised for a playoff spot. The defending World Series champions will be wondering what went wrong come October instead of defending their title. That being said, Peavy is a perfect example of a trade chip who other teams would value.
Peavy hasn’t had a stellar year with the Red Sox thus far; he’s currently 1-7 with a 4.64 era. Not exactly numbers that would have team banging down the door to get. But Peavy does have that veteran status, and with the current injuries to the Cardinals’ rotation, Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia, they could use a veteran like Peavy to slide in as a fourth or fifth starter.
Even with the addition of Peavy, he’s not guaranteed to be pitching for them come the playoffs. Peavy, historically, doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to the playoffs. In five games, Peavy owns a 9.27 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched. He could simply be used as insurance to get the Cardinals through the rest of the season and get their starters healthy.
The other intriguing part of this deal is what potentially is going back to the Red Sox. The name that keeps popping up, surprisingly, is Allen Craig. Now, surely the Cardinals can’t be thinking of trading Craig for Peavy straight up. That would seem to be insane. So this begs the question, is this deal bigger than what we’re being told? Who could the Red Sox possibly give to garner a return like Craig?
Trevor Rosenthal continues to have his struggles as their closer. The young closer does have 26 saves on the year, but his era continues to creep up as it’s currently at 3.76. Could the Cardinals also be looking at acquiring Red Sox closer Koji Uehara? It would make sense. Rosenthal could slide into the setup role and Uehara could close for the Cardinals. Having another strong arm in that Cardinal bullpen would really separate them from the rest of the National League. A package of Peavy and Uehara could be worth parting ways with Craig.
Regardless of what happens, it seems quite obvious now that the Red Sox are going to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. This season is essentially over and the time to focus on 2015 is now. The Red Sox’s downfall could enable the final pieces of the puzzle for the Cardinals to fall into place.
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