Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jake Peavy involved in trade talks?

Earlier today Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reported that the St. Louis Cardinals had scouted Jake Peavys last start and Peter Gammons added on that the Cardinals want Jake Peavy with Garcia and Wacha both out long-term. Later today is was also revealed that Allen Craig and Randall Grichuk are both out of the lineup for the Cardinals. Red Sox manager John Farrell added to the fire by saying he expected moves to be made after the game. It was later reported by Peter Abraham that the Braves are also involved in trade talks.

The deal could make sense for all 3 teams as the Red Sox are most likely looking to clear house after a rough start to the 2014 season as they are currently 39-50 which is tied for the 2nd worse record in the American League. The Cardinals are 1 game behind for a Wild Card berth and would most likely look to add pitching due to the reasons Peter Gammons mentioned. The Braves are involved because of reasons similar to the Cardinals need for Peavy, a lot of the Braves pitchers have gone down due to injury and the team would be looking to add some more to the team.

Peavy is currently 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA in 18 starts for the Red Sox in 110.2 innings pitched this year. His numbers are noticeably down this year with a H/9 of 9.5, HR/9 at 1.4, BB/9 at 3.4, and K/9 at 6.8, all of which are below his career average. His FIP of 4.81 suggests that Peavy is inline to where he should be at. He is throwing strikes 2% less than what he normally does and it has lead to a decline in all of his numbers.

I do think the deal would be fair and would help both teams in the long run if the rumors are proven true. The Red Sox would be getting 2 quality hitters and the Cardinals would get a starting pitcher to add to their playoff run.

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