With Matt Cain on the DL, the San Francisco Giants made a big move on the morning of July 26 by acquiring Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The Giants gave up minor’s Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, both pitchers.
Peavy has started the season terribly at 1-9, with a 4.72 ERA, in 124 innings. With Yusmeiro Petit in the rotation, the move was much needed. Peavy also returns to the NL, where he pitched for 8 seasons with the Padres. The Red Sox made the right move. They are definitely selling this year. Jon Lester could be on the move, along with Will Middlebrooks.
With the Giants in the thick of a division battle, the trade helps certifies their rotation for the playoffs. The other plus in the trade is Peavy is a free agent next year, meaning the Giants won’t own him any money after this season. Peavy was traded last year from the White Sox to the Red Sox, in a three team deal that included the Tigers. It’s to bad that a former Cy Young winner has had such a bum season, but hopefully the change of scenery, which includes winning (at least this year) will help Peavy recover.
The Giants also could be buying some more, with needs at 2B and LF. Asdrubal Cabrera, the Indians SS, could be a target for the Giants.