Red Sox taking hard look at White Sox' trade candidate Jake Peavy
The Red Sox have two starters in their rotation with ERA's over 4.25 (Jon Lester, Ryan Dempster). In addition, their best starter - Clay Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) - looks to be sidelined until late August with shoulder and neck injuries.
With top pitcher Matt Garza already off the trade market (he was shipped off to the Rangers), the big-spending Red Sox appear poised to go after the next best name - White Sox starter Jake Peavy. With a 7-4 record and 4.19 ERA, Peavy is a long way from his dominant stretch in the mid-2000's, but he can still be an effective starter and eat up innings. Signed for $14.5 million in 2014 with a $15 million conditional player option in 2015, the Red Sox could get themselves a quality pitcher for the next few years.
One of the team's main concerns with Peavy, however, is his recent injury (a fractured rib). He was solid in his only start since returning from the injury, putting together six innings and giving up two earned runs while earning the win. Reports now say that the Red Sox will send a scout to Peavy's next start, which will be on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers.
If Peavy puts together a good outing, the Red Sox could promptly begin negotiating the terms of a trade to get him in Boston before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Red Sox are considered to be the frontrunners to land Peavy along with the St. Louis Cardinals, though the Red Sox are much more needy of starting pitchers so they would likely be willing to give up more in a potential deal.
If the White Sox do send Peavy to the Red Sox (or even the Cardinals), his fantasy stock would get a nice bump, as he'd be going from a team with a 39-58 record to a team with a 61-41 record (the Cardinals are 60-47).
Peavy is certainly one of the big names to watch as the trade deadline grows near.