Boston Red Sox Trades Jake Peavy to San Francisco Giants for Two Pitchers
By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | July 27, 2014 1:08 PM EST
The San Francisco Giants are adding right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for a two minor league pitchers.
The Giants have long been chasing Peavy as they are familiar with his ability to life teams dating back to the playoffs in 2005-2006 when the right-hander pitched for the San Diego Padres for then manager Bruce Bochy.
The 2007 Cy Young Award recipient will be roasted to the pits early by starting the series finale against the Log Angeles Dodgers. The Giants are currently holding a precarious half-game lead division over the the Dodgers going into Saturday night's match-up.
World Series champions Boston Red Sox received cash from San Francisco as well as right-hander Heath Hambree and left Edwin Escobar. They were immediately optioned by the team to triple-A Pawtucket for player development.
Peavy who is earning $14.5 million this season has been struggling lately which can be traced to poor run support, receiving a measly two runs or less in each of his last eight starts. He is currently serving the final year of $29 million contract. The Giants are banking on the right-hander to propel them to better playoff performance after missing out last year. San Francisco won the World Series in 2010 and 2012 are aching to be play deeper in October.
Team management is ecstatic with the addition of Peavy who had his best game last August 25 at Dodger Stadium, tossing a three-hitter and recording five strikeouts and one walk during a domiantion 8-1 Red Sox win.
''It's great to be reunited with Jake,'' Bochy said by text message. ''Look forward to working with him again.''
While the Red Sox is letting go of a proven commodity, it likes it chances with the two prospects it got back in the trade. Teammates also pitched in on the kind of player Peavy is and his effect on chemistry in general.
''It provides Jake an opportunity to step right into a more ready pennant race out in the west,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''And we get two pitchers back we like.''
''Going to miss him,'' Boston's Mike Napoli said. ''A great competitor. A great teammate. His record doesn't really show the kind of pitcher he is.''
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