Multiple reports have circulated indicating that the Boston Red Sox will obtain right hander Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox in a deal that sends shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. Detroit sends outfield prospect Avisail Garcia to the White Sox and relivere Brayan Villarreal is also believed to be in the deal going from Detroit to Boston. The Red Sox include three lower-level minor leaguers to Chicago as well.
Peavy, 32, immediately solidifies the Boston rotation. While he doesn’t have a strong track record of staying healthy, when he’s been on the mound he’s been outstanding. Despite a drop in velocity, Peavy has maintained a high strikeout rate and walks less than two batters per nine innings.
In Garcia, the White Sox get a prospect who is close personal friends with Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. He’s a huge man at 6’4″ and 240 lbs and athletically gifted. He has a great throwing arm and has the potential to be an above average hitter at the big league level.
Detroit’s haul is particularly important given the speculation that Jhonny Peralta will face a Biogenesis-related suspension. Iglesias gives them a defensive wizard at shortstop, but one that doesn’t hit nearly as well as Peralta does. Given the depth of Detroit’s lineup, however, the Tigers could afford to trade a little offense for a whole lot of defense.