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.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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216 Comments on "Giants Acquire Jake Peavy"


JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

“For minor league pitchers”

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

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

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 1 month ago

I know I was shocked that pitchers was plural too.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

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

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

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

z3rogs
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah that got me too

Scooter Livingston
1 year 1 month ago

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

ROR1997
1 year 1 month ago

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

RichardGoezinya
1 year 1 month 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.

ROR1997
1 year 1 month ago

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

glenstein
1 year 1 month 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.

DoodleWilly
1 year 1 month ago

Known quantity of 1

Joe Valenti
1 year 1 month 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

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month 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.

ugotrpk3113
1 year 1 month 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)

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

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

KJ4realz
1 year 1 month ago

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

He’s still a good commodity though

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month 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.

MaineBaseball
1 year 1 month ago

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

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

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

glenstein
1 year 1 month ago

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

Mario Saavedra
1 year 1 month 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,

glenstein
1 year 1 month ago

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

1 year 1 month ago

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

saidin09
1 year 1 month 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

Vandals Took The Handles
1 year 1 month 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.

John Ramos
1 year 1 month 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.

Lamar Smith
1 year 1 month 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.

thegrayrace
1 year 1 month 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.

Lamar Smith
1 year 1 month 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.

Jesus Gutierrez
1 year 1 month ago

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

Lamar Smith
1 year 1 month 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.

N0FLYZ0N3
1 year 1 month ago

Anybody know who they got?

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month 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.

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

BucknerRulz86
1 year 1 month ago

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

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month 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?

MaineSox
1 year 1 month ago

No way the Sox get Crick

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

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

MaineSox
1 year 1 month 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.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month 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.

liberalconservative
1 year 1 month 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.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month 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.

liberalconservative
1 year 1 month 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.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

I’ll take that. Our closer is like 80

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month ago

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

1 year 1 month 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.

Richard Ponce
1 year 1 month 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.

1 year 1 month 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.

Richard Ponce
1 year 1 month 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.

liberalconservative
1 year 1 month 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.

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

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

1 year 1 month 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.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month 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.

MaineSox
1 year 1 month ago

No way the Sox get Crick

DempseyK
1 year 1 month 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.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

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

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 1 month 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.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

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

ramjamrock
1 year 1 month 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

1 year 1 month 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.

ramjamrock
1 year 1 month 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”.

1 year 1 month 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.

Austin
1 year 1 month ago

Let the trades… Begin!

MaineSox
1 year 1 month ago

Yay!

formerdraftpick
1 year 1 month ago

Can’t wait to see who the Red Sox got in exchange.

formerdraftpick
1 year 1 month ago

Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree are pretty good pick ups. With Hembree, they can now trade Koji Uehara and/or Junichi Tazawa for some prospects. Edwin is young and has plenty of time to develop. Nice move.

1 year 1 month ago

Be careful about anointing Hembree the closer. He is only 25 but was supposed to the closer-in-waiting after Brian Wilson a few yrs back. This year, he was passed on the depth chart by George Kontos, Juan Gutierrez, Jean Machi, Derek Law. Has the stuff but inconsistent. Should be a contributor but not sure about closer.

Sal
1 year 1 month ago

He sounds like Daniel Bard. Maybe the Sox will treat him better and make him the 7th-inning guy this year and go from there.

1 year 1 month ago

For sure. Hope Hembree gets a consistent chance now. 7th inning guys sounds perfect actually, ease him into it.

ramjamrock
1 year 1 month ago

I disagree that he was “passed” on the depth chart. He had options, Gutierrez and Machi did not. Kontos had a track record with Bochy (huge factor with this team). Law was not going to play in the Majors this season.

His secondary stuff needs work, but I think he’s a perfectly decent reliever who would have had an actual opportunity had the SF bullpen not been lights-out for most of the season. Not the closer we were promised a couple years ago, but still decent.

1 year 1 month ago

He was passed plain & simple. How do you explain David Huff? Machi & Gutierrez were minor league free agents (Machi last year), not groomed players the Giants had been stashing al a Gary Brown. Sandy Rosario got further last year. Derek Law was closing @ AAA before TJ surgery. While Hembree should be a decent reliever, he couldn’t break through a multitude of minor league free agents. Facts are facts.

He is 25 yrs old. At this point, you hope he can turn into a Doug Henry or Clay Hensley type. That’s still a decent contributor but when it comes to “asset value” in a trade, it’s not much. I really hope he makes it for the Red Sox in that capacity, like you said “not the closer we were promised a couple years ago”. There’s nothing wrong with a Doug Henry or Clay Hensley, they helped teams win.

ramjamrock
1 year 26 days ago

I explain Huff and Rosario the same way I explained the others. No options remaining. Machi came up originally in 2012, he was in the system since 2011. The fact that they were brought into the system doesn’t mean much with regard to Hembree. They were brought in for depth, and Sabean didn’t want to lose them, so he didn’t DFA them (until later, in Huff’s case).

And Derek Law was in AA, not AAA.

1 year 26 days ago

Those guys were minor league free agents – not a matter of Sabean not wanting to lose them since he had no sunk cost into them. Sabean got rid of Huff really quick in fact (Gary Brown being moved to the 40-man so as not exposed to Rule 5 Draft is a matter of not wanting to lose a player). Sabean puts the best players on the field 95% of the time – clearly Hembree couldn’t beat out those guys. When you can’t beat someone out and new players keep emerging, that means you are passed.. Larry Kruger was saying this too when the trade happened

Rabbitov
1 year 1 month ago

And boom goes the dynamite

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 1 month ago

Hope Peavy does well in San Fran. Time to call up the young guys.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

I wish him the best. He’s a good guy, and that ERA should come down some in the NL. Excited for Workman again though!

Victoria Roberts
1 year 1 month ago

Goodbye Peavy. Thanks for the memories and good luck with the Giants.

philpbarnes
1 year 1 month ago

He’ll always have his duck boat… good luck in SF!

Homeruntrot
1 year 1 month ago

As a Cardinals fan, this pleases me.

bigbadjohnny
1 year 1 month ago

don’t worry, Cubs will trade EJax to your team.

GetToTheChoppa
1 year 1 month ago

And he will pitch better, cost less, and the cubs will eat salary. Not seeing the downfall if the cubs are picking up the bill just to get rid of him.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 1 month ago

Jackson is owed $22 million in ’15 and ’16. Peavy won’t be able to pick up his option and will cost the Giants a couple million… Jackson would be a much, much worse pick-up… and certainly not a cheaper one.

GetToTheChoppa
1 year 1 month ago

The giants just gave up some good/decent pitching prospects. If the cubs hope to trade Edwin Jackson for a decent prospect they’ll have to eat 16-18 mill of that contract. That means whatever team trades for him can give up a struggling player with high upside and the team that gets Jackson is paying him 2-3 mill a year.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 1 month ago

Cubs won’t eat that much of his contract, especially if they aren’t in contention. Maybe a couple million… not 16-18.

Homeruntrot
1 year 1 month ago

Never happen

cubs7691
1 year 1 month ago

Please :(

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Maybe he can buy a cable car to go with that duck boat

BucknerRulz86
1 year 1 month ago

Haha well played.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 1 month ago

Now, is this a boat shaped like a duck or a boat used to obtain ducks in some fashion? I’m very out of the loop on this.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

It’s a hybrid boat-car. So like a duck it can both walk and land and float in the water.

ramjamrock
1 year 1 month ago

There have been duck boats in SF for a while, so no problem!

gemmatmorrow
1 year 1 month ago

At least he is going to a place where there is plenty of water parking near the ballpark.

Butch779988
1 year 1 month ago

Did SF take on all the salary?

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

Sox sent 1mil with him

Nathan Justice
1 year 1 month ago

thank god it isnt the braves

Dodgerz88
1 year 1 month ago

Oh man, time to pack it in again. First they get Uggla to out do our roster and now Peavy to out do our pitching staff. Theres always next year Dodgers….

1 year 1 month ago

There’s worse additions than Peavy. There’s also better ones.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

But cheaper ones?

1 year 1 month ago

I feel like his price is fair. He isn’t having a great year, but you know what you’re getting and that comes with some mild upside.

1 year 1 month ago

Agreed. Giants didn’t give up that much. Hembree was passed by Derek Law & Kontos (not to mention Machi, Gutierrez, David Huff). Escobar was interesting.

letsgogiants
1 year 1 month ago

Escobar is intriguing, but his control hasn’t been very good this season. He’s basically a high risk-high reward type prospect.

Victoria Roberts
1 year 1 month ago

About 82 of them if you’re looking at starting pitchers.

andrew
1 year 1 month ago

when will they announce who the sox got back?

jury_rigger
1 year 1 month ago

meh

Dave
1 year 1 month ago

wheeeeew. I was afraid the Cardinals were going to somehow pull the trigger on this and make a mistake but thankfully the Giants did it first. Go Giants!

bigbadjohnny
1 year 1 month ago

Peavy will pitch very well in San Fran with those deep outfields.

thebiggestever
1 year 1 month ago

Puig’s going to hit like 16 triples off him

troy
1 year 1 month ago

keep dreaming dudes

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

And its a big pickup with Cain on the DL, and seeing his stats 14 – 2 vs LA if I see that correctly.

gemmatmorrow
1 year 1 month ago

When’s the last time he actually pitched against the Dodgers often though? He’s been in the AL for awhile now.

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

When he was a good pitcher seven years ago.

Martinez
1 year 1 month ago

Ya home run city!!!