The San Francisco Giants are enjoying a phenomenal season. They are the best team in the National League and are considered one of the favorites to make the World Series out of the NL. They were in the market for a veteran pitcher who could bolster the back-end of their rotation, and they got that starter by acquiring Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. This move makes the Giants even more dangerous.
Peavy isn’t having his best year as a pro. He is 1-9 with a 4.73 ERA, his worst year in his 12-year career. However, this isn’t Peavy’s first rodeo. He is a veteran pitcher who knows what it takes to be successful in this league. Moving to a different ballpark can help Peavy, as can going from a team out of the pennant race to a team that is in the thick of one. The ballpark change should help Peavy tremendously, especially because AT&T Park is a lot larger than Fenway Park.
The Giants just placed Matt Cain on the disabled list and needed to acquire an arm now more than ever. They were also rumored to be interested in Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets, but decided that Peavy was a cheaper option. The Giants only had to give up a couple of minor league pitchers to acquire Peavy, and there is a chance that Peavy declines his player option for next year. Colon, on the other hand, was signed through next year and is much older than Peavy.
The Giants once again are a favorite to win a World Series. They have been one of the most consistent team in the MLB since 2010, and they made themselves even more dangerous by getting Peavy.