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To any true baseball fan that knows July is the crunch time for teams making trades, and this year is no different. We have already seen big moves already in players like Jeff Samardzija leaving the Chicago Cubs for Oakland. One name that is come up again this year within the Red Sox organization is that of Jake Peavy.
Peavy has had a rough year so far with a current record of 1-8 and a 4.59 ERA. There have been several rumors surfacing that Peavy is currently being pursued by the St. Louis Cardinals. Peavy played an instrumental role during last season’s World Series run and could be a major part of any team which chooses to pursue him. Despite his numbers, Peavy provides a veteran’s experience to any clubhouse. The Red Sox would likely have to pay the remainder of Peavy’s contract, but should pursue younger players to help boost their roster.
Peavy has expressed his interest in staying in Boston, but in the business of Major League Baseball, anything can happen. Only time will tell what the Red Sox front office decides to do, and July 31 can’t come soon enough. If the Red Sox can free up roster space, maybe this opens the door for a younger pitcher like David Price or another veteran like Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee.
Jon Lester is also rumored to be tradeable, but with the ongoing contract extension talks between Lester and the Red Sox, this seems unlikely.