In the biggest trade deadline move thus far, the Boston Red Sox have acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox as part of a 3-team, 7-player deal.
In 13 starts this season, Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA. The Red Sox hope Peavy can fill the void left by Clay Buchholz, who is still on the DL with a shoulder problem.
Boston also receives Brayan Villareal from Detroit. Villareal struggled in his brief time in the majors this season. In 4.1 innings of work, Villareal gave up 10 runs, and walked 8 batters. He’s currently out with a sprained thumb and will report to the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.
The Tigers get shortstop Jose Iglesias, who will be expected to take the place of Jhonny Peralta, who’s expected to be suspended by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenisis Clinic.
Iglesias got off to a torrid start in 2013 and was hitting .403 on July 6th. He’s been struggling of late as his average has dropped to .330. Iglesias’s strength however is his defense and David Ortiz has made it known what he thinks saying that Iglesias is the best fielder he had ever seen.
With Stephen Drew now healthy, and Will Middlebrooks’s upside, Iglesias became expendable for Boston. The Red Sox may not be done though will Michael Young now saying he would waive his no trade clause for Boston, and well as Texas.
The White Sox receive corner outfielder Avisail Garcia, who’s one of the best prospects in the Detroit Tigers organization. Garcia was the Tigers Minor League Player of the Year last season, and is hitting .380 in the minors so far this season with stops in Double-A and Triple-A.
Chicago also receives Francelis Montas, a 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic who can reportedly reach speeds of up to 100-mph as well as J.B. Wendelken and Cleuluis Rondon.
It is clear what the intentions of all 3 teams in this trade are attempting to do. The Red Sox and Tigers want to win now with Iglesias and Peavy making immediate impacts, and the White Sox are entering rebuilding mode trading away the teams 2nd best starter.