The rumblings had been around for a while and today, Jake Peavy is no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox. What might be a bit of a surprise is that Peavy will be heading to the San Francisco Giants. Most of the noise leaned the way of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In return, the Red Sox receive a pair of minor league arms: Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Various reports also say the Red Sox will kick in half of Peavy’s remaining salary. Baseball America had Escobar as the Giants #2 prospect, while Hembree was #7. MLB Pipeline has Escobar as its #2 as well, but has Hembree at #11.
And Peavy will enjoy his new manager…
One thing I know from talking to Peavy: He adores Bochy. Told me in ' 07 #sfgiants were "blessed" to get him. Would make re-sign easier.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 26, 2014
Bochy was Peavy’s manager in San Diego from 2002-2006, so this will be a reunion. With Peavy due to be a free agent after this season, if Giants GM Brian Sabean is so inclined, re-signing Peavy should present itself to be a rather easy task.
The acquisition of Peavy could lead some to believe that Matt Cain could be ailing more than previously thought. Schulman also tweeted that he didn’t believe this to be the case. He thinks the Giants need Peavy even if Cain were to miss only a month.
Peavy returns to the NL West where he was rather successful stint as a member of the San Diego Padres from 2002-2009 (92-68, 3.29 ERA and 1.186 WHP, 2006 NL Cy Young winner). During the ’09 season, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox had acquired Peavy just last season in a trade deadline deal.
But 2014 has not been kind to Peavy. In 20 starts, he owns a 1-9 record to go along with his 4.72 ERA and 1.427 WHIP.
Peavy has been deemed as tomorrow night’s starter for his new club as the Giants face the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.