Jake Peavy may have pitched his last game as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Signs are that Boston means to move Peavy before his next scheduled start in eight days, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Abraham notes that Boston has set up their post-All-Star break rotation so Peavy, who last pitched on Saturday, won’t pitch again until July 22. This gives the Red Sox a nice long window in which to work out a deal for the right-hander.
Abraham also notes that pitcher Brandon Workman, who was optioned to Pawtucket last week, would be eligible to return and replace Peavy in the rotation by the 22nd.
Manager John Farrell said the rotation set-up was just to get Jon Lester and John Lackey a little extra rest, but Abraham isn’t buying that explanation.
Despite being just 1-8 on the year with a somewhat hefty 4.59 ERA, the 33-year-old Peavy is seen as being a valuable commodity for the Red Sox as they seek to dump money and pick up prospects amid a lost season.
Peavy is a scrapper and a good clubhouse guy, and he could definitely help a veteran team down the stretch. He is owed $6 million for the rest of the season but I’m sure the Red Sox would pick some of that up to help make a trade happen.
Veterans Lester and Lackey could also be on the block as the Red Sox try to get a little younger.