5 Reasons Why Jake Peavy Trade is Good For Milwaukee Brewers

By Pete Schwichtenberg

5 Reasons Jake Peavy Trade is Good For Milwaukee Brewers

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As the trade deadline approaches, rumors constantly swirl. Before Jake Peavy was dealt, many publications indicated that he was going to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. In the end however, he was sent to the San Francisco Giants for two prospects. Although his arm was not added, the non-move may be the best thing that could have happened to the Brewers.

5. Age and Injury

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5. Age and Injury

Boston Red Sox Jake Peavy
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Jake Peavy brings lots of experience, but also a history of breaking down. Though he is just 33 years old, he has missed plenty of time due to injury. With many veterans already on the starting staff, Peavy became an unnecessary risk for the Brewers.

4. Career Worst Season

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4. Career Worst Season

Jake Peavy Boston Red Sox
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Adding Peavy to any team would be a big name acquisition, but he is off to one of the worst seasons in his major league career. In 20 starts with the Red Sox this season, he is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. His ERA is 100 points higher than his career average. During these starts he also surrendered an American League high, 20 home runs. This would not be a good mix for hitter-friendly, Miller Park.

3. Rental Trades Rare Success

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3. Rental Trades Rare Success

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In 2008, C C Sabathia put the Brewers on his back after a July trade and carried them to the playoffs. But years like his rarely happen. More often than not, mid-season rentals do not work. In recent years, Zack Greinke and Matt Garza were dealt for prospects, but struggled to help their teams contend for a playoff spot.

2. Prospect Loss

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2. Propect Loss

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By adding Peavy, the Giants gave up two prospects who look to have big league futures. If the Brewers would have made the move, their farm system would have suffered. There is a good chance that they would have had to give up players, such as Mitch Haniger, for a three month rental.

1. Stunting Organizational Growth

Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee Brewers
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Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee Brewers

1. Stunting Organizational Growth

Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee Brewers
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Jimmy Nelson has been one of the best pitchers in all of the minor leagues over the past two seasons. With Peavy in the rotation, he certainly would have been bumped to the bullpen or back to the minor leagues. Nelson has the potential to be a future ace, and now the Brewers will get to see what he has over the next few months.

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