For the past few weeks, the talk surrounding the Boston Red Sox has been what to do with starter Jake Peavy. It is no secret that several teams have interest in acquiring the RHP before the trade deadline, most notably the St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox have to rebuild their team from the ground up. Given that fact, it is time to start thinking about dealing some veterans in favor of youth.
With that in mind, there are several reasons why Boston should put a Peavy trade at the top of their priority list. First of all, the Red Sox have a plethora of quality pitching prospects in the high minors. Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, Allen Webster, Matt Barnes and Henry Owens would all be quality replacements if Peavy were dealt. If the Red Sox were to move him, they probably would not lose much in the short-term and would almost certainly benefit in the long-term.
Secondly, Boston lacks elite hitting prospects, particularly in the outfield. With Peavy being such a hot commodity right now, the Red Sox should be able to get nice value for him in return. They could potentially get a quality prospect or two from a team that believes they are one starter away from a championship. The fact that he has pitched very well in his last three starts is a bonus for the team as well. He has given up five runs on 17 hits and five walks while striking out 19 in his last 19 innings pitched.
Even if the Red Sox think they can contend this season, which looks more and more unlikely by the day, they should not be afraid to deal Peavy. Keeping him will not save their season. In fact, it could help invigorate the rest of the team having a young guy take over. We have seen the team get better over the course of the season with the additions of youngsters like Mookie Betts, Brock Holt and Christian Vazquez, so it’s not inconceivable to think they could be a better team without Peavy as well.
The reality, though, is that the 2014 season may be over for Boston. The Red Sox have to start thinking about the future and the only way to build for the future is to acquire youth. Peavy is the answer to acquiring that youth.