The Red Sox sought to reinforce their rotation at the trade deadline and zeroed in on Jake Peavy. Late Tuesday, they got their man.
Peavy was sent from the White Sox to the Red Sox in a three-team, seven-player deal that included the Tigers. Boston also got Brayan Villarreal in the trade, while the Tigers received Jose Iglesias and the White Sox got Avisail Garcia and prospects J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas and Cleuluis Rondon.
The veteran right-hander holds a 4.28 ERA this season for the White Sox, which doesn’t look too impressive on the surface. However, if you take out back-to-back starts in late May and early June when he gave up a total of 12 runs – outings where he was likely affected by a broken rib that sent him to the DL – his ERA drops to 3.18. He also boasts a 1.14 WHIP and nifty 76/17 K/BB ratio over 80 innings.
Peavy has certainly had his fair share of injuries, but other than the freakish cracked rib this year, he’s been healthy since the beginning of the 2012 season. The 32-year-old logged 219 frames last year, a mark that was just 4 1/3 frames shy of his career high. He still has to be considered a heath concern through the end of his deal next season, but the Red Sox were perfectly willing to take on that risk in order to add a bona fide frontline starter.
The other big impact for this season with this deal comes with what the Tigers did, and it’s not really who they got but why they got him. Detroit could use a long-term answer at shortstop, and Iglesias provides that. But the anticipation is that they’ll need him to handle short this season, as Jhonny Peralta is likely to face a 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic.
While Iglesias is a wizard defensively, he offers little with the bat and, thus, won’t be much of a fantasy option in Detroit. Though he’s managed to bat .330 this year for the Red Sox, 24 of his hits have been on the infield, and he’s managed just five base knocks over his last 43 at-bats. He sported a .244/.296/.292 batting line in 916 career Triple-A plate appearances. At the very least, though, Iglesias certainly helps out the Tigers' pitchers with his superb D.
The other big name involved in the deal belongs to Garcia. He’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte initially, but the White Sox seem likely to give him a shot soon, and it could come immediately if they trade Alex Rios. Garcia has plate discipline issues, but he’s just 22 and boasts 20-homer upside and some speed to boot.
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Yadi Headed to DL
Not all the big news Tuesday was related to the trade deadline. The Cardinals got swept in a doubleheader against the Pirates, but their biggest loss came after the second game when it was revealed that Yadier Molina is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right knee.
Molina originally injured the knee just before the All-Star break. Although an exam at the time showed only inflammation, trying to play through the ailment hasn’t worked. He’ll have another MRI on the knee on Wednesday in St. Louis.
“I tried to play through it, but it was getting worse,” Molina said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The smart thing to do is to give my knee some time to rest. I did whatever I could to be on the field, but right now I need time.”
The Cards will go with a combination of Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson behind the plate for the time being. It’s obviously a massive downgrade both defensively and offensively, especially for a club that’s seen its bats suddenly go cold.
Callaspo Lands in Oakland
The Red Sox weren’t the only potential playoff team to make an addition Tuesday, as the A’s picked up Alberto Callaspo from the Angels in exchange for Grant Green.
Callaspo has put up a pretty uninspiring .252/.324/.347 batting line with five homers and 35 RBI this season, though his career line going into Tuesday of .273/.334/.380 is stronger. He’s always been great from a BB/K perspective, putting up a 263/256 ratio over eight seasons.
The most interesting thing about the Callaspo addition is that with Josh Donaldson manning the hot corner, the A’s will stick Callaspo at second base, a position he hasn’t played regularly since 2009. He will also give Oakland the opportunity to provide Donaldson, who has started all but two games this season, a few more days off.
A former first-round pick, Green is a career .306/.354/.469 hitter over parts of five minor league seasons. The A’s had trouble finding a position for him, though, as he started over 40 games at four different positions while on the farm. The Angels will hope he can figure things out at second base, but they do have an opening at third following Callaspo’s departure. He’ll play both positions and also maybe some outfield at Triple-A Salt Lake.
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American League Quick Hits: Nelson Cruz and others connected to Biogenesis are expected to be suspended 50 games by the end of the week ... The Angels are trying to land Ian Kennedy in a deal with the Diamondbacks ... The Royals have checked in on Rickie Weeks, Howie Kendrick and Gordon Beckham in their search for an upgrade at second base ... Alex Rios was removed from Tuesday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he only has a contusion and still could be traded Wednesday ... Batting in his new home in the No. 3 spot, Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers ... The D’Backs, Orioles and Pirates remain players for the Astros’ Bud Norris ... Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI in a win over the Twins Tuesday ... The Indians have optioned Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A to make room for the addition of Marc Rzepczynski, who was acquired from the Cardinals via trade ... Roberto Hernandez allowed two runs in a complete game win over Arizona Tuesday ... Andre Rienzo struck out six while giving up three unearned runs in his major league debut Tuesday ... Miguel Cabrera exited Tuesday’s game with an abdominal strain but is expected to be fine ... The Orioles are interested in Jason Vargas ... The Mariners are reportedly making Michael Morse available via trade ... The Astros will use a committee at closer going forward ...