The blogosphere has spoken. The Red Sox aced out all other teams in Major League Baseball by snagging Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline in a three team, seven player deal that also sent Boston shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit.
The Sox not only got Peavy but reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit. With the acquisition earlier in the month of Matt Thornton from the White Sox, Boston has shored up both their starting rotation and the army of quality arms in their bullpen that any team who seriously hopes to contend down the stretch needs.
Peavy is a prototypical Boston pitcher both in demeanor and pitching style. But why listen to me. Take it from my buddy and great baseball man who covered the Sox for years but is a native of Baltimore and an Orioles fan. I figure a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who’s been covering Major League Baseball for 40 years gets some instant credibility when he speaks. David Maril writes about the Peavy trade…
Even more reason for me to root against the Red Sox, as if I need any more incentives.
Peavy going to Boston kills me. He is my favorite big league pitcher. I started following him when he was breaking in with the Padres and he is such a fierce competitor. It’s like he has an 8 cylinder motor in a car designed for 4.
When he’s healthy, which isn’t as often as it should be, he is a terrific pitcher. He has all the pitches, good control and really battles on the mound, grunting and groaning on every pitch, He’ll give up a few home runs, because hitters know his control is good and he’s usually around the plate. But usually they are solo blasts. It makes me sick seeing him in a Red Sox uniform.”
How sweet it is David.