The Jake Peavy Era is over in Boston. The Red Sox dealt the former NL Cy Young winner to the San Francisco Giants today for minor league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Peavy will make his Giants debut tomorrow night against the Dodgers. As of this writing, the Giants have a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.
Peavy has been on the trade block for several weeks. The Cardinals were interested in him, but when Matt Cain went on the DL for elbow inflammation the Giants pursued Boston for Peavy’s services.
The Red Sox acquired Peavy at the trade deadline a year ago from the White Sox in a three team deal that saw Jose Iglesias go to the Tigers. I did not like the deal and despite a World Series title I still don’t like it. In 20 starts this season, Peavy was 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and had given up an AL leading 20 HR. I don’t think Peavy will do much better in SF even if he is reunited with Bruce Bochy who managed him in San Diego. Peavy is simply not the pitcher who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2007.
Peavy will probably be best remembered in Boston for buying the Duck Boat he rode on during the World Series Parade which now resides at his ranch in Alabama.
The Red Sox are currently in last place in the AL East, have lost four in a row and, as I write this, are losing to the Rays 3-0 in the 7th. There will be a lot of other former Red Sox between now and the trade deadline on Thursday.
UPDATE: The Dodgers swept the Giants in SF with a 4-3 win last night and are now 1 ½ games up in the NL West. Peavy labored through six innings giving up four runs although one of them was unearned. Dan Uggla, recently released by the Braves, didn’t help matters with two errors. In four games with the Giants, Uggla has committed three errors and is 0 for 8 at the plate. Of course, the Giants offense hasn’t been great shakes either. Buster Posey’s fifth inning solo HR was their first extra basehit since Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if the Giants add a bat preferably one who can play second base. Jose Altuve would be great in that lineup, but I doubt the Astros would let him go.