Pitching wins championships and the Boston Red Sox obviously have their sights set on taking home another World Series Title this fall. With a few question marks in its rotation, Boston struck hard on Tuesday by snagging the best starting pitcher on the market in Jake Peavy.
Considering the Chicago White Sox just gave Peavy a two-year $29 million extension in October, it couldn’t have been easy for Sox general manager Rick Hahn to flip this former Cy Young winner. However, Chicago is in the cellar and Peavy was one of its largest assets, so the writing was on the wall in terms of the three-time All-Star leaving the Windy City.
Besides, the White Sox got a surplus of prospects in the exchange and Avisail Garcia is the biggest name. Garcia is tearing it up in Triple-A, yet the Tigers’ prospect simply hasn’t had many opportunities in Detroit. With that being said, Garcia was excellent in the 2012 ALCS with a .455 batting average, three RBI and a stolen bases to boot. Hopefully a slugger like Garcia can bring the White Sox back to contention before the end of the decade.
Last but not least, the Detroit Tigers might have gotten the sweetest end of this deal. Sure, they dealt one of their top prospects to a divisional foe, but Detroit now has one of the best defense shortstops to ever play the game. Jose Iglesias is going to be the shortstop of the future and with Johnny Peralta likely missing time due to the Biogenesis investigation, the Tigers had to make a move.
Detroit won this deal, but everyone involved should be proud of themselves for getting what they wanted.