Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.
He'll take the place of Neil Ramirez in the Cubs bullpen. The Cubs needed another arm that was capable of working multiple innings, and Parker fits the bill. He owns a 9.53 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and 3/2 K/BB ratio over his 5 2/3 innings with the club this season.
Cubs optioned RHP Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa.
In a bit of a head-scratching move, the Cubs demote their best reliever to Triple-A. They want to play things cautiously with the workload that the young right-hander shoulders this season, but the 25-year-old has been outstanding with a 0.96 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 36/10 K/BB ratio over his 28 innings of work.
Mets purchased the contract of RHP Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Carlyle was sent outright to Triple-A earlier in the week, but finds himself quickly back with the Mets. The 36-year-old hurler owns a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 7/3 K/BB ratio over seven innings with the Mets this season. He'll function in middle relief.
Mets placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
Matsuzaka flew back to New York on Friday to have his ailing elbow examined, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. Buddy Carlyle will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place in the bullpen.
Giants acquired RHP Jake Peavy and cash considerations from the Red Sox for LHP Edwin Escobar and RHP Heath Hembree.
Peavy is scheduled to make his Giants debut on Sunday when he toes the slab against the Dodgers. While he struggled through his first 20 starts on the season (4.72 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), he should certainly benefit from a return to the National League West and is worth a look if available in mixed leagues.
Red Sox acquired LHP Edwin Escobar and RHP Heath Hembree from the Red Sox for RHP Jake Peavy and cash considerations.
Escobar began the season as the second ranked prospect in the Giants system, but struggled to the tune of a 5.11 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 96/37 K/BB ratio over 111 innings at Triple-A Fresno in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Still just 22-years-old, the hard-throwing southpaw makes for a nice addition to the Red Sox system.
Red Sox acquired RHP Heath Hembree and LHP Edwin Escobar from the Giants for RHP Jake Peavy and cash considerations.
Hembree, a hard-throwing 25-year-old reliever, is expected to report to Triple-A Pawtucket. While he fell out of favor in San Francisco, it wouldn't be surprising to see him crack the Red Sox bullpen in short order.
Jake Peavy will make his Giants debut on Sunday against the Dodgers.
One of the reasons that the Giants pushed to get the deal done so quickly was to get Peavy active and in uniform in time for Sunday's ballgame. The deal is still pending approval from the commissioner's office.