After weeks of speculation, it has finally happened; Jake Peavy has been traded to the Boston Red Sox according to Jon Heyman. The deal has now become official with all the names being released.
Rumors began to run wild Sunday when Bruce Levine reported that Peavy had cleaned out his locker, but nobody knew where he was headed. When the dust settled Tuesday night, Rick Hahn pulled the trigger on a deal with the Red Sox for one of the top starters left on the market.
In the trade, the White Sox will bring back Avisail Garcia coming from Detroit as a part of a three way trade. Garcia is a 22-year-old outfielder who has been hitting the ball very well this season at the AAA level. He is also the 74th rated prospect according to baseball america and was the 2nd best prospect in the Tigers system. While Garcia is said to be major league ready, he will be assigned to AAA Charlotte.
Also headed to the White Sox will be Red Sox minor leaguer shortstop Cleulius Rondon, and pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken. Rondon, 19, is known for his glove, but is hitting .277 with one home run and 13 runs scored in 37 games in A ball. Wendelken is a 20 year old reliever with 10 saves, a 2.77 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 65 innings.
The market for front line starters was set when the Cubs sent Matt Garza to the Rangers for pretty good package in Mike Olt, C.J Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player (or two) to be named later, which is believed to be Neil Ramirez. Let the debate begin if the White Sox acquired enough in their haul for Peavy.
The Braves, A’s, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Red Sox were all reportedly interested in the righty’s services, but it was the Boston and interestingly enough Detroit who were willing to pony up to get a deal done.
After battling injuries after joining the White Sox, Peavy rebounded last season with a 3.37 ERA in 219 innings. Peavy struck out 194, racked up four complete games and had a WAR of 5. His ERA wasn’t as sparkling this season, but still was very respectable at 4.28 in 13 starts.
Peavy was the best pitcher left on the market and also had the added bonus of an extra year under contract. The fact that it was not just a rental allowed the White Sox to hold firm on getting the set of prospects they desired.
It’s a move that was more of a matter of when than if, and that moment finally arrived Sunday. Rick Hahn has refrained from using the word rebuild this season, but at 21 games under .500, it was a move that had to be made. The Sox farm system desperately needs an infusion of talent and this was the easiest way start that process.