Red Sox acquire Jake Peavy in trade, send Jose Iglesias to Detroit

Red Sox sell high on Jose Iglesias, getting Jake Peavy in return

7/31/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jul 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsEven despite a recent slump, shortstop Jose Iglesias has had an incredible season so far, surpassing all expectations for him offensively and still providing the incredible defense that he has shown throughout his entire career.

The Red Sox decided to take advantage of that and try to move him while his stock was pretty much as high as it will ever be, and they managed to turn him into 32-year-old former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy.

The Red Sox rotation needed another arm, thanks to Clay Buchholz's nagging injury issues, and Peavy could be exactly what they need. When healthy, he's a solid starting pitcher, although the "when healthy" qualifier is definitely necessary when discussing Peavy.

Peavy pitched 219 innings in 2012, but before that he hadn't topped 200 innings since his 2007 Cy Young season. This year, through 80 innings (and a stint on the DL), he has a 4.28 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP to go along with 76 strikeouts.

Jul 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Jose Iglesias (10) throws to first too late to get Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsIglesias is heading to Detroit in what ended up being a 3-team deal, where he could replace shortstop Jhonny Peralta if he's suspended in the aftermath of the Biogenesis scandal. Otherwise, he could serve as a backup and a defensive replacement for the Tigers.

The White Sox get outfielder Avisail Garcia from the Tigers, as well as three minor leaguers. The Red Sox also received reliever Brayan Villareal.

For the Red Sox, this is a solid improvement to their rotation, and could help put them over the top in the very competitive AL East. For the White Sox, they dump a little salary and get some prospects in return, since they're in rebuilding mode anyway. The Tigers fill a potential gaping hole in their roster, and at the very least get a defensive phenom with improving offensive skills.

The numbers say that Iglesias will more than likely decline a bit at the plate (I'm predicting he finishes the season under .300, despite his current .330 average), but he's still going to be one of the best defensive shortstops in the league for a long time, and he's a promising young player.

This deal made sense for all three teams involved, and it looks like the Red Sox and Tigers will continue to be very strong contenders in the American League.
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