The San Francisco Giants, in need of an additional starter, made somewhat of a shocking trade on Saturday morning as they acquired for National League Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox.
Peavy was scheduled to take the mound on Sunday for the Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays, but considering he’ll need to fly across country it seems unlikely that he’d be able to do so for the San Francisco Giants.
Or is it?
According to Amy Gutierrez (and other reporters), Jake Peavy will indeed take the mound this weekend as he’ll face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.
The fact that the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers don’t play until Sunday evening gives Jake Peavy that much more time to get acclimated with his surroundings and to fly from Florida where the Red Sox are taking on the Rays.
As for Peavy, his return to the National League has many interested as the former San Diego Padres pitcher thrived during his time in the NL West. Things didn’t go so well for the former All-Star once he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and eventually the Red Sox, but Peavy holds a career 3.29 ERA in 212 National League starts.
Jake Peavy also provides rotational depth for the Giants who are without Matt Cain as he sits on the disabled list dealing with bone chips. His date of return is currently unknown, though San Francisco understandably didn’t want to take any chances if he’s to be out of commission for the foreseeable future.