Giants Acquire Jake Peavy

USATSI_7974100_154513410_lowresThe Giants have acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. The Red Sox will receive pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets. The Giants will pay $2MM of what’s left on Peavy’s contract, ESPN’s Jim Bowden tweets.

The trade reunites Peavy with Bruce Bochy, who managed him with the Padres. The deal also provides the Giants with valuable starting pitching depth, which they needed, given Matt Cain‘s injury. The Red Sox, meanwhile, add prospect depth while clearing space for younger starting pitchers like Brandon Workman and Allen Webster.

Peavy is making $14.5MM in his final season before free agency. (His contract indicates that he can receive a player option for 2015, but he will not be able to pitch enough innings to attain it.) In 124 innings this season, has a 4.72 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.

Escobar and Hembree appear to constitute a strong return for Boston. The lefty Escobar, 22, has pitched the entire season with Triple-A Fresno, posting a 5.11 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. He had a very strong 2013 season at Class A+ and Double-A. MLB.com ranked him the Giants’ No. 2 prospect and the No. 75 prospect in all of baseball, noting that he could become a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

Hembree, 25, has spent most of the 2014 season with Fresno, where he’s posted a 3.89 ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 39 1/3 innings of relief. He appeared in nine games in the big leagues in 2013. MLB.com ranked him the 11th-best prospect in the Giants’ system, noting that he has long been regarded as a potential closer. Both Escobar and Hembree were on the Giants’ 40-man roster, although the Red Sox had a 40-man spot open before the trade, so they didn’t need to make any further moves to add both.

Heyman tweeted that the Red Sox would acquire minor league pitchers in return, with WEEI.com’s Alex Speier tweeting that the Red Sox would get one righty and one lefty. Jen Royle of the Boston Herald tweeted this morning that Boston was close to trading Peavy to an NL team, and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Red Sox and Giants were in serious discussions. CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly reported that the Giants would receive cash in the deal.

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216 Comments on "Giants Acquire Jake Peavy"


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JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 11 days ago

“For minor league pitchers”

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Karkat
11 months 11 days ago

Even if they do absolutely nothing it’s still a win for the Sox!

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EarlyMorningBoxscore
11 months 11 days ago

I know I was shocked that pitchers was plural too.

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Karkat
11 months 11 days ago

The odds of the return being better than nothing are slightly higher! 😀

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JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 11 days ago

At least it didn’t say “Four minor league pitchers’ like I initially thought it did.

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z3rogs
11 months 11 days ago

Yeah that got me too

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Scooter Livingston
11 months 11 days ago

I;m a Sox fan…you bet I’ll take FOUR minor league prospects for Peavy!

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ROR1997
11 months 11 days ago

Honestly, they should trade Drew and Lester now. Get a nice little return.

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RichardGoezinya
11 months 11 days ago

Nobody’s going to give you anything for Drew. He’s improved a little in July, but he’s still only hitting .200 for the month.

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ROR1997
11 months 11 days ago

I meant more for Lester, but if,you’re not going to bring them back, why not trade them?

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glenstein
11 months 11 days ago

Drew is a relatively known quantity, though, and it’s perfectly reasonable to think he’ll get better. I may be so bold as to suggest “more than nothing” is a reasonable return for Drew.

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DoodleWilly
11 months 11 days ago

Known quantity of 1

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Joe Valenti
11 months 11 days ago

The Red Sox would have to eat a significant amount of that contract if they want anything in return. Drew simply isn’t worth the money he’s getting paid, let alone the money plus a prospect

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MmmRocks
11 months 11 days ago

He’s only due something like $4 million for the rest of the year. If by “significant” you mean $1-2 million, I don’t see why the Red Sox would have a problem with that.

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ugotrpk3113
11 months 11 days ago

I did think they’d get much for Peavy either. Surprised they ended up with anything decent. (decent in that it wasn’t a garbage prospect and a bucket of balls)

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MmmRocks
11 months 11 days ago

… with an .880 OPS and gold glove caliber defense. Yeah, who would want that?

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KJ4realz
11 months 11 days ago

Umm he’s never been an .880Ops guy and not even against RHP…

He’s still a good commodity though

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MmmRocks
11 months 11 days ago

I was referencing RichardGoezinya pointing out his batting average in the month of July. The point is that he was OPSing .880 this month.

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MaineBaseball
11 months 11 days ago

Because half of his hits this month have been home runs lol

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MmmRocks
11 months 11 days ago

Oh, his 4 HR this month explains his .350 OBP?

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glenstein
11 months 11 days ago

Lester’s in a very different category than Drew and Peavy, players for which you would get “a nice little return.”

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Mario Saavedra
11 months 11 days ago

Lester is a 2 month rental that cannot be offered a QO if traded. The return should probably top the compensation pick if the red sox trade him, but he´s not going to be worth a king ransom,

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glenstein
11 months 11 days ago

Lester’s in a very different category than Drew and Peavy, players for which you would get “a nice little return.”

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11 months 11 days ago

You’re not looking for a “nice little return” for Lester. You’re looking for a Joc Pederson or Oscar Taveras

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saidin09
11 months 11 days ago

Exactly. We need POWER.We could get ML and/or power bats for Lester. We could also get an unbelievable return for Miller , Tazawa and judging on the Peavy trade …Koji

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Vandals Took The Handles
11 months 11 days ago

I don’t thing the Dodgers or Cardinal are going to give you their best position prospect that are on the cusp of playing for the parent team, in return for a 2 month rental.

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John Ramos
11 months 11 days ago

Dodger fan here. Ben is very right. No way Dodgers give up Joc for Lester, who’s just going back to the Sox next season anyways.

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Lamar Smith
11 months 11 days ago

I disagree, For a Pitcher like Lester and his track record in the post season. He would be worth parting with Joc. And if the Dodgers what a front line starter the price will be Pedersonor Corey Seager. And if they wnat Price it might take both or one of them and someone like Zach Lee.

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thegrayrace
11 months 11 days ago

Highly, highly doubt the Dodgers will move Seager. Their infield depth, especially with Hanley being unreliable and an impending free agent, is far too weak to sacrifice Seager. Pederson and Zach Lee will be very much available in the right deal, though. Maybe even Urias.

Pederson for Lester and a reliever would be OK with me as a Dodger fan. As much as I’d like to be rid of Ethier or Crawford and have Pederson take their place, it just isn’t realistic.

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Lamar Smith
11 months 10 days ago

Agreed, I have been a Giants and Red Sox fan since I was a little kid. While I hate the Dodgers with a passion it would be best for Pederson ( who I think is a stud) and the organization to be able to trade Either or Crawford before trading Pederson.

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Jesus Gutierrez
11 months 11 days ago

he would be a front line starter for most teams but for us he’d be our #3

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Lamar Smith
11 months 10 days ago

True that, but assuming the Dodger made it to the world series. He would be the #3 starter whom performed like a #1 starter. Just look at his stats in the post season.

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N0FLYZ0N3
11 months 11 days ago

Anybody know who they got?

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JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 11 days ago

It’s likely not Crick or Escobar or any of their top pitchers. Maybe somebody like ty blach or something? I’m not too well informed on the Giants farm system though. Just based on Peavy’s value.

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Hey look, it was Escobar after all. I’ll go back to only knowing about the AL East now.

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BucknerRulz86
11 months 11 days ago

Just looked at their top 10 and thought the same, “maybe Crick but doubtful”. Maybe Ty Blach and/or Chris Stratton?

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

Did hear Stratton isn’t in Peavy deal, maybe its Ty Blach, but Boston is also sending 1mil in cash with Peavy deal, if its not Crick, its a huge pickup with Cain on the DL. Maybe Hembree even?

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MaineSox
11 months 11 days ago

No way the Sox get Crick

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

Didn’t say they did or would, but you have to wonder, Sox sent 1mil & Peavy to Giants.

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MaineSox
11 months 11 days ago

If the Sox get Crick it’s a major major win for them. Crick is a top 50 (possibly top 25 depending on where you look) prospect; you’re not getting that kind of value for a couple months of a back end starter.

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

Sox didn’t get Crick, maybe Escobar / someone else. Sox get Edwin Escobar & Heath Hembree, while I’m surprised a little but love the deal.

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liberalconservative
11 months 11 days ago

Escobar has great stuff. He is a the #3 prospect for the giants. This is going to be a trade that comes back and haunt the giants. Escobar just needs the right coach and could be a solid starting pitcher.

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

I’ll disagree there, they had really no plans for him up with the team. I’m happy we got Peavy as he’s a good pickup, Hembree was pitching good though. Also Escobar is #2 prospect wise for the Giants.

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liberalconservative
11 months 11 days ago

Peavy is a inning eater pitcher now. The Peavy of 5 years ago was good. He is a back of rotation guy. This is a trade that will come back on the giants even though I see Escobar more as a future closer with the stuff he has.

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Karkat
11 months 11 days ago

I’ll take that. Our closer is like 80

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

That’s fine about Escobar, thing is though the Giants lost Matt Cain for who knows how long, Petit isn’t even good honestly rather have him go to the Pen, Peavy can be the 5th starter. The Giants rotation is even better now, with Bumgarner, Lincecum, Hudson, Vogelsong, Peavy

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11 months 11 days ago

You’re crushing it with analysis, nice job Glenn!

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11 months 11 days ago

“This is a trade that will come back on the giants”. Giants didn’t give up much. The Giants have arguably the best run organization when it comes to scouting, developing & maintaining pitching. In almost two decades as GM, not very often has he traded away a high-ceiling pitching prospect that came back to bite him. While your opinion is interesting, it does not seem rooted in anything.

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Richard Ponce
11 months 11 days ago

Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and to an extent Zack Wheeler…. Not sure what their ceiling was when he traded them but they did do well after they were traded.

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11 months 11 days ago

Exactly. In 16 yrs, those are the only 3 names: Nathan wasn’t a prospect was already performing well at the majors; Liriano was a bad giveaway; Wheeler hasn’t hurt much yet… He also traded away Jason Grilli & Bobby Howry & Saloman Torres but took years for them to be bullpen contributors.

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Richard Ponce
11 months 11 days ago

yeah that sounds about right. Hindsight is always 20/20… suppose we won’t know until everything settles and those players are given a chance.

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liberalconservative
11 months 11 days ago

Keep telling yourself that. Hudson has not been very good lately. Lincecum is only good against the padres. Vogelsong is up and down. the good thing for the giants is they are in the weakest division in baseball so they could slide into the playoffs. That is Sabean’s hope to catch fire when the playoff comes. Peavy was a over pay for a 5th starter.

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MmmRocks
11 months 11 days ago

How often in the last 16 years has Sabean traded one of his top 2 pitching prospects?

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11 months 11 days ago

1- Beede > Escobar once he signed.
2- **off the top of my head, feel free to add/edit. Years might be wrong** Zach Wheeler for Beltran 2011; Tim Alderson for Freddy Sanchez in 2010; Jason Grilli & Joe Fontenant were both highest rated pitchers for Robb Nen in 1997; Kurt Ainsworth for Sidney Ponson; Jesse Foppert for Randy Winn; Scott Linebrink for Doug Henry; Jerome Williams & David Aardsma were both highest rated for LaTroy Hawkins … not sure if Keith Foulke was a Top 2 pitching prospect in the 1997 trade with the White Sox. I don’t think Vogelsong was Top 2 in the 2001 trade for Jason Schmidt but that’s debatable.

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

I’ll disagree there, they had really no plans for him up with the team. I’m happy we got Peavy as he’s a good pickup, Hembree was pitching good though. Also Escobar is #2 prospect wise for the Giants.

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MaineSox
11 months 11 days ago

No way the Sox get Crick

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DempseyK
11 months 11 days ago

Not only did Ben talk Sabs out of Escobar, but he got them to throw in Hembree too…wow…still shocked at the Sox steal of a haul.

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

Hope you enjoy Hembree he didn’t work out one bit, Giants gave him a shot and he failed.

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EarlyMorningBoxscore
11 months 11 days ago

Failed how exactly? He pitched in 9 games last year didn’t give up a run. Walked 2 struck out 12 in 7.2 IP.

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Glenn O'Brien
11 months 11 days ago

Giants gave him a shot 3 years, and he didn’t make it. He’ll be missed but could have done far better.

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ramjamrock
11 months 11 days ago

The Giants gave him a shot three years? No they did not.

2010 – drafted
2011 – A+/AA, great season
2012 – AAA, shoulder injury
2013 – AAA, elbow injury, then a September call-up where he did well
2014 – AAA in part because of a roster crunch and the fact that he has options remaining

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11 months 11 days ago

Failed is a strong word – he has been given A LOT of opportunities over the years. This year, he couldn’t beat out David Huff, Juan Gutierrez, Jean Machi, or George Kontos plus was passed on the depth chart by Derek Law.

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ramjamrock
11 months 11 days ago

He was not given a lot of opportunities. He was drafted, had a solid first year, then injured (shoulder one year, elbow the next), and then got 7.2 IP last September. That’s not “A LOT of opportunities over the years”.

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11 months 10 days ago

A 25 yr old pitcher invited to many spring trainings on a bullpen that always brings in new pitchers is many opportunities. You view opportunity as having only 7.2 innings – I view opportunity as spring training, mid-season call ups & opening day rosters of which he never really outshone anyone to win spots or calls to the show.

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Austin
11 months 11 days ago

Let the trades… Begin!

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MaineSox
11 months 11 days ago

Yay!