Reactions To The Jake Peavy Trade

Here’s a quick roundup of reactions to today’s trade of Jake Peavy and cash to the Giants for pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

  • The Giants’ decision to trade Escobar is surprising, but it might be a little bit like the Giants’ 2009 deal of top pitching prospect Tim Alderson for infielder Freddy Sanchez, McCovey Chronicles’ Grant Brisbee writes. Alderson was highly regarded at the time, but there were warning signs then, and he never panned out. Still, though, the Giants at least knew what they were getting with Sanchez, and that’s not the case with Peavy, Brisbee writes.
  • The Red Sox’ return was a strong one for Peavy, Dave Cameron of Fangraphs tweets, and it could be an indication that better pitchers will fetch a very nice return in this market. Many analysts seem to share Cameron’s basic take that the deal was good for the Red Sox — MLB.com’s Jim Callis, for example, tweets that the Red Sox got more than he expected them to.
  • ESPN’s Keith Law (Insider-only), however, writes that Peavy is a great fit for the Giants, noting that they need the help and that Peavy’s skill set will play better in the National League and in San Francisco’s home park. Law calls Escobar a “fringy starter prospect” and writes that Escobar’s changeup currently makes him vulnerable against righties.
  • FanGraphs’ Tony Blengino calls the deal a win-win, noting that the change in ballparks should help Peavy, a fly-ball pitcher who wasn’t built for Fenway.


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31 Comments on "Reactions To The Jake Peavy Trade"


Dilip Sridhar
1 year 1 month ago

Mets fans should throw a party for sabean because he gave them wheeler

trooper408
1 year 1 month ago

lol and what has wheeler done?

Dilip Sridhar
1 year 1 month ago

Look at wheeler this season….hes been dominant the last month….you dont think the giants would need him right now

stl_cards16
1 year 1 month ago

And yet Sabean is preparing his team for another playoff run. I really doubt someone as successful as Sabean is losing any sleep over one move.

oleosmirf
1 year 1 month ago

doesn’t mean that the Mets still shouldn’t be grateful that the Giants got desperate and parted with him.

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 1 month ago

I hope you’re not serious…

letsgogiants
1 year 1 month ago

What does that have to do with this trade? It almost seems like Mets fans continue to bring this up because of how poor they’ve played the past several seasons and need something to gloat about.

Dilip Sridhar
1 year 1 month ago

another scenario where San fran traded a top prospect for a vet

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Seems about right. I think a player like Escobar was pretty much the best-case for what the Sox could’ve gotten for Peavy (high-potential, high-risk prospect), so I’m very pleased with how this worked out.

Joe
1 year 1 month ago

So were the Pirates with Tim Alderson, yet I don’t remember him ever cracking an MLB roster.

stl_cards16
1 year 1 month ago

Hence the “high risk” part.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

The fact that the prospect ended up not working out doesn’t change the a priori quality of the trade. It was a good trade for the Pirates at the time, and this was a good trade for the Sox now. Whether or not it ends up helping the major league team is immaterial to the current assessment.

BLB25
1 year 1 month ago

I think it was a good deal for the Sox but I wouldn’t exactly describe Escobar as “high potential.” Hembree is the better prospect at this point.

Karkat
1 year 1 month ago

Everyone whose job it is to gauge the potential of MLB prospects disagrees with you.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 1 month ago

Agreed. A 22-yr old lefty starter pitching a whole season in the PCL after dominating his previous 3 levels is a real prospect. A 25-yr old reliever in his third go-round at AAA is less of one.

MiggyCabby24
1 year 1 month ago

You can stick a fork in Peavy, he’s done.

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say done at all, he’ll replace Petit as 5th starter for now, but also he’ll pitch great being AT&T is a pitchers park.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 1 month ago

The same Peavy that gave up 7 runs and 2 homers in Seattle? A pitchers park? He’s been awful this year. Don’t kid yourself into thinking “he’ll be great.”

Glenn O'Brien
1 year 1 month ago

I never said great, saying he’ll pitch in a pitchers park, Cain is likely done this year if not longer. Giants didn’t / don’t have the prospects for Price, outside of Peavy, he might want to resign being Bochy is the Giants Manager.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 1 month ago

lol what?

“but also he’ll pitch great being AT&T is a pitchers park.”

Direct quote from the comment I replied to. Seems like you did say great.

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

Any benefit Peavy will get from pitching in AT&T, the opposing pitcher will also get.

troy
1 year 1 month ago

nobody knows what the outcome will be done when trades are made……people criticize trades because what players are involve

brian310
1 year 1 month ago

I like the package the White Sox got for Peavy last year as Cleuluis Rondon and Francellis Montas are becoming pretty good prospects. Those guys came from Boston as Avisail Garcia came over from Detroit obviously.

Sean Kelly
1 year 1 month ago

Peavy will benefit from pitching at AT&T park, and the Red Sox get solid prospects that they can use or turn in a deal for a bigger catch (and no, like many pipe dreaming Sox fans, I am NOT saying Stanton, who isn’t going anywhere). its a win-win trade, hopefully.

saidin09
1 year 1 month ago

Congratulations, to Jake, wish he was staying. Wish they could of traded him to St. Lou for Wick. We need power. We have alot of pitching

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

I wish Jakester the best. This should give the Yankees compititation for Johnny Danks with the Cardinals. Both need a quality lefthander. I hope our return is as big as Jake Peavy’s last year. I’ll take another 5 tool player like Garcia and another top pitching prospect like Months plus 2 more prospects.

sfu13 .
1 year 1 month ago

I’m with you Ralph…glad to see Jake get a ring last year and go to a good team this year. Peavy brought the White Sox some nice pieces too (Avisail, Cleulius Rondon, Francellis Montas, and Braulio Ortiz). Kind of sad for San Diego though, all they got for Peavy was Clayton Richard and they traded Peavy when he was GOOD. haha

Michael
1 year 1 month ago

Peavy was, essentially, a loaner for 2013. An added veteran starter who could push them over the bar. He did precisely that. He got a ring and a duck boat for his efforts. Here’s to a solid Summer and Fall of ’14 in San Francisco, Jake! All class.

MmmRocks
1 year 1 month ago

Peavy’s greatest accomplishment on the Red Sox was allowing the Red Sox to use Doubront in the bullpen during the playoffs.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

Well said Michael. And Jake is all class and a very loyal player. He didn’t want to leave the Padres in 2009 while on that 10 game winning streak. He said not now on being traded to the Sox. He accepted later when San Diego was done and joined Chicago in a pennant race. Then as a free agent following a decent 2012, he felt loyalty to the Sox and signed a two year contract well below market value. He is a gamer and I hope he turns this year around and can help the Giants win.

FamousGrouse
1 year 1 month ago

Peavy will be talking up and cursing up a storm (to himself) on the mound in Babylon by the Bay. The best part of Peavy’s self-flagellation is even the hecklers think “I can’t do any better than that. I’m just going to sit here and be quiet.”