The San Francisco Giants wanted another pitcher to bolster the rotation. The organization knew it would not have enough to go after Tampa Bay Rays‘ David Price or Philadelphia Phillies‘ Cole Hamels, so the team went and did the next best thing. The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for two Giants top 10 prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.
The trade comes immediately after Matt Cain experienced elbow soreness in his pitching elbow and was placed on the disabled list July 21. San Francisco needed to make a move, and Peavy seems like the logical choice because of his familiarity with manager Bruce Bochy. The two were paired together during their time with the San Diego Padres.
The Red Sox get Escobar and Hembree in return, which is a nice haul. Escobar is the third best prospect in the Giants’ organization according to Baseball Prospectus, and No. 2 according to Baseball America. Escobar is 22 years old and could use some more seasoning in the minors. He has a 5.11 ERA in 20 starts at Triple-A Fresno this season. Hembree is a relieving prospect ranked in the Top 10 by Baseball America as well. Hembree did not let up a run in nine games with the Giants this season.
Peavy is coming to the Giants with a meager 1-9 record and a 4.72 ERA. However, he is bringing a championship to the Giants, a team that knows something or two about the World Series.
Ultimately, Peavy will keep San Francisco in the race for the Division Title and should keep them in the Wild Card race nonetheless.