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On Saturday the Boston Red Sox agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants that will send right-handed veteran pitcher Jake Peavy back to the west coast. Boston receives right-handed minor league reliever Heath Hembree and left-handed minor league starter Rafael Escobar in the deal.
The Red Sox added Jake Peavy at about this time last season in a three-way trade with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. Peavy won four games for the Red Sox in 2013 after joining the club, and pitched in three postseason games, going 0-1 with a 7.11 postseason ERA. Boston sacrificed infielder Jose Iglesias in the deal, knowing that Xander Bogaerts could handle either shortstop or third base going forward.
The trade of Peavy does not necessarily indicate that the Red Sox are sellers at the deadline. The open spot in the rotation will make it easier for John Farrell to pitch Brandon Workman every fifth day, as well as call up prospects like Matt Barnes and Henry Owens in September. The performance of these three pitchers could heavily impact whether or not the team signs Jon Lester in the offseason.
When Boston acquired Peavy last season from Chicago, they trailed Tampa Bay by a half of a game in the American league East. Now the 33-year old joins the Giants, who lead the Dodgers by a half of a game in the National League West, where Peavy spent nearly eight full years with the Padres.
There are plenty of factors in play when considering whether or not the initial Jake Peavy acquisition was worthwhile for the Red Sox, no bigger than the future of Jose Iglesias in Detroit. The 24-year old is currently on the disabled list, but has shown signs of defensive brilliance at shortstop and third base.
If Xander Bogaerts puts a stop to the revolving door at shortstop and Garin Cecchini or Brock Holt manage third base going forward, the Sox can peacefully reflect on the departure of Iglesias as a necessary sacrifice to gain a pitcher who contributed to a World Series championship.