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Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers finalize three-team Jake Peavy deal

Jul 30, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

It’s official. The Red Sox have acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox and reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers as part of a three-team trade. The Tigers picked up shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston. The White Sox are getting outfielder Avisail Garcia from the Tigers and three lower level prospects from the Red Sox: shortstop Cleuluis Rondon, RHP Francellis Montas and RHP Jeffrey Wendelken.

The addition of Peavy, who is owed $14.5 million next year, gives Boston added protection in case Clay Buchholz struggles to return from his neck problems down the stretch. It’s expensive insurance, though, with no guarantee that Peavy is much of an upgrade over Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront in a projected four-man postseason rotation that also includes Buchholz, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Of course, the Red Sox have to worry about reaching the postseason first.

Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio over 80 innings in 13 starts this season. He missed time earlier in the year with a broken rib. His biggest problem has been the home run ball  — he’s allowed 14 — but switching from U.S. Cellular to Fenway will help there.

Iglesias, a Rookie of the Year candidate who was hitting .330/.377/.409 in 215 at-bats for the Red Sox, makes a great deal of sense for Detroit with Jhonny Peralta facing a Biogenesis suspension of at least 50 games. He gives the Tigers the rangy shortstop they need to put next to Miguel Cabrera, and while Peralta may get his job back at the very end of the year, there’s little doubt that it’ll be Iglesias next year, with Peralta presumably moving on in free agency.

The 22-year-old Garcia was talked up last year as a big piece of the Tigers’ future. His resemblance to Cabrera in the batter’s box probably helped in that regard. This year, he had hit .382/.414/.549 in 144 at-bats in Triple-A, but just .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats in the majors, and the Tigers deemed him expendable with fellow outfield prospect Nick Castellanos also knocking on the door. Plate discipline is an issue for Garcia, and while scouts expect his power to come, his high home run total in six minor league seasons is 14. Whether the White Sox use him right away could hinge on an Alex Rios deal. For now, though, he’s been optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

The departure of Iglesias makes third base a question mark for Boston, fueling rumors that a deal for the Phillies’ Michael Young could follow. Barring a trade, the Red Sox will have to decide whether to promote Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt or No. 1 prospect Xander Bogaerts from Triple-A to pair with or, more likely, start over Brandon Snyder at third. Bogaerts, a natural shortstop, is outhitting Middlebrooks in Triple-A, but he’s played just five games at third since getting a look there earlier in the month. The Red Sox also now have to weigh in the fact that Bogaerts is again clearly the shortstop of the future with Iglesias gone.

Villarreal, going from Detroit to Boston, has a 4.56 ERA and an 86/46 K/BB ratio in 75 innings as a major leaguer. He seemed to be on his way to emerging as a key piece in the Tigers bullpen last year, but control became an especially big problem late and he was left off the postseason roster. This year has been a disaster for him, but the fresh start could do him some good. He throws 94-98 mph, so he has some upside as a short reliever.

None of the prospects going from Boston to Chicago were viewed as key pieces of the Red Sox system. Rondon, 19, was hitting .276/.326/.350 in short-season ball. Montas, 20, was 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA and a 96/32 K/BB ratio in 85 1/3 innings as a starter for low Single-A Greenville. Wendelken, 20, had a 2.77 ERA and a 54/20 K/BB ratio in 65 innings as a reliever in low-A ball.

  1. jdv22 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Peavy and his 4.00+ ERA won’t help much. I assume this means they are out on Lee… This is a major mistake for the Sawks. Oh well, maybe we’ll get cliff and win the WS!

    • sabatimus - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      If we got Cliff Lee, he’d be the second coming of John Smoltz. Remember that atrocity?

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM


        Cliff Lee would IN NO WAY be comparable to Smoltz. Smoltz was already in his 40s and coming off shoulder surgery.

        I think Lee would be a huge asset to the Sox going down the stretch, but the cost in prospects is simply too high.

    • blockedshotnyr - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Peavy has been an extremely effective pitcher this year – his 4.00 ERA is merely a function of two starts prior to his DL stint where he gave up 6 ER in each start. The ERA is really inflated – should do well in Boston provided he stays healthy.

    • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Jake Peavy could brake every bone in his body falling off the plane ladder at Logan when he arrives and they’ll barely notice considering the meager price they paid. And the 4.5 K/BB ratio at about a K per inning is a lot more relevant than ERA.

      • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        break – although he could stop every bone in his body and the organization still wouldn’t feel the sting of losing Iggy

    • nyyanksrdbest - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      You can’t win many ball games when your team doesn’t score many runs for you. King Felix won the Cy Young Award in 2010 and he had 13 wins that year.

    • tuberippin - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      …Cliff Lee is 34. Jake Peavy is 32.

      The rest of the comment was incredibly stupid, but I just wanted to address that. Cliff Lee is not old.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Cliff is 34 so its a big whopping 2 years difference

    • sabatimus - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Argh. WHEN will people STOP using wins as a barometer for a pitcher’s worth?

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM


  3. hammyofdoom - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    If it’s Iglesias and someone not Bogaerts, JBJ or one of the big pitching prospects I am totally happy with this. I like me some iglesias, but the guy is a slick-fielding guy with very little bat that wont have THAT much of an impact at the major league level. The guy is probably a .260/.330/.390 sort of hitter and that just isn’t spectacular no matter the defense. Also, Peavy is better than the revolving door of Aceves/Webster/any warm body that they can get for the 5th start spot, so I’m alright with tihs as long as the medicals check out

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Letting go of Iglesias makes me feel better with his (at last check) .071 Isolated Power Average. Especially since they have an actual plan to replace him.

      • hammyofdoom - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Exactly. I love Iglesias because watching that man play defense is like watching Baseball porn… but I doubt he’ll ever even be average with the bat. It sucks that he’s leaving but when you have a surplus at a position you can trade it away. Iglesias can only really play SS… his bat doesn’t play anywhere else to justify the glove, and it’s looking more and more like Bogaerts can stick at short, that leaves him the odd man out

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    If this is the “big three way trade” then as T.S Eliot put it, it ends with “Not a bang but a whimper”.

  5. ienjoysensi - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    If its just Iglesias and maybe even a prospect pitcher i say a great deal. This clears the way for Boagarts . Iglesias started off on fire and has regressed at the plate as of late . Plenty of ss depth in the Red Sox system. Pressures on you middlebrooks. Peavy , Lester , lackey , bucholz looks good to me if they can all stay healthy. Something tells me this motivates clay to work through the pain sooner then later.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Peavy , Lester , Lackey , Bucholz doesn’t look that great, but it is an improvement.
      You are hoping that Lester somehow becomes the pitcher that he once was 2 years ago, Lackey doesn’t regress, Bucholz comes back from injury without missing a beat, and Peavy pitches like a solid #3 starter and stays healthy.

      The Red Sox are going to have one of the weaker pitching staffs in the playoffs if they make it. But once you get in the postseason, anyone has a chance. This move definitely improves the chance to get in.

    • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Iggy hasn’t been blocking Bogaerts. Nobody’s been blocking Bogaerts. He’s 20 and just made it to AA this spring and AAA this summer, raking all the way. He’ll likely be playing 3B, probably some time after September 1. Drew is the Red Sox SS this year.

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      It’s Iglesias and no-names after that. Seriously, low A sort of guys with not much upside. Iglesias was the crux of this deal and as a Red Sox fan I’m now officially happy with the trade

  6. blackandbluedivision - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Why in thee blue Hell would they HELP the Tigers?! They’ve been whooping our butts in the division race just about ever year.

    • dwhite184 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      What’s the difference if we trade him to Chicago and then Chicago trades him off to Detroit. This way we save the environment by having less paper work. Lol

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Why would CHICAGO help a division rival?! Why would they trade their #2 starter to the division leader and HELP them win this year and the next? Especially when they still have (I think) 10 games left against them. They may be out of the hunt but won’t that be rubbing it in.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        I think perhaps your a little mis informed. The Red Sox got Peavy. Not the division rival Tigers. I think all too often people get too wrapped up in “rivals”. The White Sox need younger talent. Theirs only one draft, so you have acquire someone elses talent. The WS arent going anywhere this year or next year when Peavy can walk. And the White Sox acquired Alex Rios, 10 years younger. Now you can trade Rios and put Garcia in right field. I like what the White Sox got, and I dont care where they got it from.

      • dwhite184 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        I guess The WS are aiming for being competitive when Verlander, Cabrera, and Fielder are in thier declining years.

    • blackandbluedivision - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM


      (I hate when they do this!)

      I am not misinformed. The original article said that there was a rumor of Peavy being traded and the Tigers being one of the suitors. Before all of this went down.

      Get a clue.

  7. afrancis55 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    White sox could’ve done so much better if they had traded with the DBacks

  8. jsally430 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    his era is misleading his whips 1.14

  9. logicallionsvoice - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    OMG we actually get a shortstop with range? gasp, now maybe Jhonny can give him the rest of his biogenesis stash and Iglesias can hit for power for us.

    • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      If by “hit for power” you mean dribble balls in the infield, then you’re on the mark. His defense is something to behold, but he’s very offensively challenged.

      • hammyofdoom - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Offensively challenged is putting it nicely… His numbers right now are a huge red herring, the guy has been hot(er) the past few days and he’s still hitting .200 this month with a .213 slugging percentage. He had as many extra-base hits in June as he did parts of April, May and ALL of July combined. He’s incredibly challenged offensively

      • kinggw - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Way to cherry pick stats. Iglesias will never be confused with Barry Larkin but he’s been ok with the bat this season. He’s had one bad month in July and a really good month in June. You are right, he didnt have that many extra base hits in April and May. That might have more to do with the fact that he had a combined 46 plate appearances in those two months. Iglesias isn’t a guy you play for his bat but he’s much better than you give him credit for.

  10. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Knock on Lee if you want but he doesn’t get injured. Sox reason for getting Peavy is to fill the void of Bucholtz then regress to the #2 starter. Why replace an injured arm for an often injured pitcher in Peavy? This is a huge gamble, and now you’ll have a downgrade at 3rd base too with Middlebrooks.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      But what did the Sox give up? A solid defensive SS who can’t hit for power who is blocking a more complete prospect from coming up? THe Sox have Stephen Drew who has committed like 3 errors ‘this season to hold over if Xander isn’t ready until next year.

      If this is all they gave up, it makes sense instead of overpaying for Lee.

      • theinconvienenttruth - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Yeah Iglesias lacks power, but the guy has a good average, so he’s no slouch offensively so far. Middlebrooks was terrible, and defensively it’s not comparable. It’s not all about Homeruns, gotta have guys on base consistently, and errors hurt no matter who is pitching.

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Also the Red Sox aren’t going to make a huge trade this year since they’re stocking up prospects for the future AND there isn’t that real “big” name out there with a reasonable price tag for them to snatch. This is the perfect move for the Sox to make right now

      • petcharles - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        I’ll argue a counterpoint: prospects advance and regress from year to year: the organization tinkers with a delivery and a pitcher can’t recover, a hitter who raked in low A can’t hit advanced pitching and fizzles out, and so on. It’s not completely unwise to sell them when you can. (Still, it’s no lie that the Red Sox have several advanced prospects and are deep with projectable arms; they can afford several prospects to regress and will remain deep.)

    • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Knock on Peavy all you want, but they didn’t disrupt their roster and have their deep farm system entirely in tact. Not that Lee wouldn’t be a better addition, but I get the feeling Amaro was never really serious about dealing Lee. If he was, he would have worked something out with the Sox, who could have met a price of a big prospect load or alternately covering a large portion of his salary.

  11. daveydawg - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Hate it. Peavy is mediocre and hurt all the time. We have plenty of that already on the team…

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Iglesias is one dimensional.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Well, we could use it right now.

      • acepacers - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        yeah defense and no bat

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        His average is .330. C’mon, that’s not the basement.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      This trade might not pan out, but between Peavy and someone like, say, Cliff Lee, this is a reasonable compromise.

      The cost to get Lee-caliber pitcher was simply too high.

  12. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    DD, you crafty bastard!

  13. Just a Fan - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Love it from Tiger fan point of view……Jose will be a long term answer for a revolving door position. Hopefully he will improve his hitting. I believe he has some speed on the base paths too. Right?

    • hammyofdoom - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      He is about average speed-wise he’s just smart about how he uses it. In a full season he might nab you… 10-15 ish bags and he’s certainly a good bunter. Coming from a Red Sox fan who has desperately wanted Jose to be a great player, I give it a 50/50 shot that he’s any sort of long-term answer for shortstop for any team. If he does stay at short expect below-average offense but world beating defense

  14. paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    So….the WS were asking for Addison Russell or Bogarts…and they wind up getting Iglesias…an all glove, no hit SS with no power or on-base skills….his mirage of a performance this year is, AGAIN, a SSS BABIP driven performance. When his BABIP regresses to its true level, and you add on his 5% BB rate, you’ll have an all-glove no hit SS…which is what he’s been all through the minors. Kudos to the RS for cashing in on a utility player have a lucky run.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      No, we get Iglesias. Stop drinking…or throw me an olive.

    • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Whomever voted “against” paperlions’s post should reconsider. He’s right on the mark. Tattoo has been yelling for awhile that the plane coming to take Jose off Fantasy Island is here. The only fault in his post is that he’s understating how incredibly fortunate Iggy was when he came up this year. The Red Sox sold way, way high on him.

    • Reflex - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      I agree with this analysis, the Red Sox sold high on the Iglesias here. That said, I think the deal still makes sense for the Tigers given the impending Biogenesis suspension, and the fact that they didn’t give up that great a prospect, arguably one of the same caliber than Iglesias himself. They delt from a position of strength to fill a weak spot, as did Boston, and the trade makes sense for both of them.

      Same can be said for the WS, who gained a prospect with upside and possibly another piece from Boston, for a pitcher who won’t be around for their next contending team. I think this was win-win-win honestly.

      • petcharles - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        I agree. With Peralta appearing likely to go down for the season, getting someone who can play at the ML level was about to become a glaring need. The ire in any reply I have made has to do with overvaluing Iglesias. He’s a plus-plus defender and negative with the bat. It’s just the way it is.

      • Reflex - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        I agree if the expectation truly is that Iglesias is the starting SS of the future next season. That will quickly prove itself to be a mistake of Inge-proportions. But if they see him as a stop gap with potential upside, but are more likely to sign a Stephen Drew or something next season I think they got what they bargained for.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        Stop trolling me. >:(

        It’s not like Iggy’s average is .200 or something, and we have plenty of offense. We could use the significant defensive upgrade there. Peralta is FA after this season anyway and we are looking for a short term solution.

      • Reflex - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Iglesias is a career .257/.307/.314 minor leaguer across four seasons. That’s…..pretty bad for a prospect and does not bode well for his future. The upside I see in him is perhaps Royce Clayton if everything went perfectly(Royce’s numbers in the minors are remarkably similar btw).

        That’s not a horrible thing, and its better than what a lot of teams trot out at the position. Beyond that how am I trolling? I said it was a win-win-win due to each team’s needs *right now*. My only point is that Iglesias probably is not a long term solution for a team continually in contention like the Tigers are currently. And he’s not.

        Also, to those who think the Tigers gave up too much with ‘mini-Miggy’ they seem to miss the point: Regardless of how the guy looks or swings, he seems to be missing the key ingredient that makes Miggy, Miggy: Plate discipline. That may or may not come in time, but more often than not it doesn’t. The White Sox have their work cut out for them, but it was a risk they would have been foolish not to take given their position.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        “mistake of Inge proportions” — You know I HATE him. Don’t taunt me. I throw up a little at the mention of his name. That jackass. And, yes, it was a mistake we didn’t stop making forever and I couldn’t figure out why? Why? Aigh!

        The guys on here get all carried away with the young punks. You will not get them to be rational about prospects.

      • Reflex - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        So the Inge comment was a little troll, but whats a relationship without a tiny bit of friction, eh? 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Oh, so, poking me then? Nice.

  15. philliesblow - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    As a Tiger fan I’m not sure I like this one. The Tigers have had a number of hyped OF prospects the last few years that haven’t turned out to be much (Cameron Maybin, Wilkin Ramirez, Gorkys Hernandez and Brent Clevlen come to mind) but I have a feeling Garcia will haunt us for years to come.

    • Reflex - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Every team has a number of hyped prospects who don’t turn out to be much. That’s the nature of prospects.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Dude, Tui has been so good and Castellanos doesn’t suck — Jhonny’s obviously going on suspension, so we can’t afford to hold on to a future prospect and not fill a huge hole we have if we want to win THIS YEAR!

      • philliesblow - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Guess it boils down to me not believing the Tigers really have a shot at winning this year. Prince has been AWOL for too long as has JV. If they make it to the WS they lose VMart for some games. Now Miggy’s hip seems to be a lingering issue and Cleveland is refusing to fade. I would rather have seen a move for a LH reliever so we could end or at least limit the Phil Coke Experience.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        Isn’t that what Smyly is for? Don’t be getting all negative on me now.

  16. minimiggy - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Nooooo. Why would the tigers trade mini miggy. Huge mistake

    • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Now we have an Iggy and Miggy pairing!

      • philliesblow - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Well, they do have Raw Power in common. (This only makes sense if you are a Stooges fan)

      • weaselpuppy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Iggy Miggy and Biggie!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Well, at least you didn’t go with “Piggy”…

    • acepacers - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Can the fans VETO the trade?

  17. dwhite184 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I think Peavy will make the best of this and prove to be a great pick up for a World Series win. If Jake brings some enthusiasm and Clay sees a new teammate wants to get out and pitch, maybe just maybe Clay will leave his diapers at home and toughen up and be a man.

  18. xpensivewinos - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Ever since Lucchino let Cherington do his job (we’ll assume that started with the big deal with the Dodgers this time last year), Ben has making solid move after solid move. He traded a top-notch defender and some hype (who doesn’t really have a long-term place on the team) for a quality pitcher for the next year and a half (the money is irrelevant)……….and “Humphrey” Bogaerts is still in the fold!

    Well done.

  19. acepacers - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Horrible move by the Tigers. White Sox got the best of this trade. Garcia is going to be a star.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Okay, we got it already. Once is enough. Stop with your program-clutching, Pops.

  20. hcf95688 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    White Sox got hosed.

  21. 1901wmadison - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Just happy the white sox actually seem to be serious about rebuilding. Going to be a rough few years.

    Everybody (except Sale) must go!

  22. petcharles - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    If you’re a Red Sox fan and aren’t in love with this trade, you’re nuts.

  23. mjdkid100 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Iglesias’s offensive numbers are a farce.

    He’s a .265 hitter with 0 power. Nice glove though.

    Smart low risk trade. Peavy has K stuff and will fit in the locker room well. Inning eater.

  24. wgray981 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Ugh…as a Tribe fan I hate to see a trade that seems to favor the Tigers

  25. scottychicago - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:36 AM


    Did you read the article? Peavy isn’t a tiger, iglesias isn’t a white sock.

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