The Boston Red Sox have an opportunity to tweak their starting rotation and make room for a young stud in Rubby De La Rosa. If they want to pull the trigger on that plan of action, the first step will likely be a trade that sends Jake Peavy out of town.
That may or may not be the course of action, though recent grumblings indicated that the Red Sox might be willing to deal the veteran. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Peavy will draw interest specifically from teams in the National League if he hits the market.
According to a major league source, a few teams in the NL would have interest in Peavy if the Sox would provide some salary relief for the prorated portion of the $16 million he’s owed this season. Peavy can be a free agent after the season.
Cafardo writes that it seems more likely that the Red Sox hold onto Peavy given his recent improvements. The opportunity to get out from under a portion of the remaining money on Peavy’s deal, however, might be incentive enough to make the move, especially if an NL team makes them an appealing offer.
Peavy has been durable but unsteady this season. With 104.2 innings under his belt, Peavy has a 4.82 ERA, a 4.88 FIP and he has allowed an unfortunate 17 home runs already. National League teams might believe that a move away from tough AL lineups would relieve some of the pressure on Peavy.
Whether they consider themselves true sellers or not, it makes sense for the Red Sox to make room for De La Rosa.