Veteran starting pitcher Jake Peavy is drawing trade interest from a number of teams as the trade deadline approaches. It is safe to say that said interest is based more on his track record and less on his results this season.
Teams that have been linked to a potential deal for Peavy include the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Jorge Ortiz of USA Today writes that the Milwaukee Brewers, also in search of answers in the back of their rotation, might be the ideal fit to make a trade for Peavy.
Free-falling Milwaukee has tried to plug its hole in the fifth spot of the rotation with rookie Jimmy Nelson, but the results haven’t been favorable. A rejuvenated Peavy could be the answer, and he wouldn’t cost much in terms of money or prospects.
Peavy, who was instrumental for the 2013 version of the Boston Red Sox in their run to the World Series, has struggled in 2014. In 19 starts he has an almost unfathomable 1-9 record. He has a 4.59 ERA and a 4.72 FIP to go along with a strikeout rate that is slightly down and a walk rate that is up. Like I said, he will be acquired based on track record more than 2014 results.
As for the Brewers, their most obvious need for a while now has been at the first base position. Save for a move to address that problem, a deal to fortify an already strong rotation makes sense as this team braces for a playoff race.