Aug 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Sox Got The Best Deal At The Trade Deadline

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.

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  • John Fahrer

    Absolutely floored that Cherington was able to pull this off. I’ll admit that it’s somewhat disappointing to see Iglesias go. But chances are this was the best opportunity to sell high on him. He’ll never be the viable hitter that Ozzie Smith was (for as great as a fielder Ozzie was, he did a lot with the bat and the basepaths. Consistently made contact, bled counts and drew walks, stole bases). In his best seasons, he’ll probably put up numbers similar to Omar Vizquel, but will probably be more like Rey Ordonez. A Rey Ordonez type will have a hard time being a starting player on a first division team (unless the other eight hitters can pick up the slack which Detroit currently can do).

    Forget where it was, but a very ignorant fan accused Cherington of being an idiot for making this deal. He also said something in regards to how “nobody values defense”. Isn’t pitching considered a defensive position?

    Bogaerts’ bat will take away the sting of losing Iglesias’ glove. When you think about it, which SS won more WS: the defensively efficient, weaker hitting Omar Vizquel/Rey Ordonez or the offensively efficient, weaker fielding (don’t let the Gold Gloves fool you as that’s a popularity contest voting) Derek Jeter?