With the Major League Baseball trade deadline exactly one week away, the Boston Red Sox are stepping up their efforts to acquire some additional pitching for the stretch run. According to multiple reports, Boston will be sending a scout once again to watch Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Peavy, who is a three time All-Star, has been on the Red Sox radar for the past few weeks and according SI.com National Baseball Writer Jon Heyman, are one of two potential leading landing spots along with the St. Louis Cardinals for Peavy's services.
So far in 2013, Peavy has gone 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts despite a total of 42 games total due to back spasms and a fractured rib injury. If acquired, Peavy will slot right into the Boston starting rotation and gives the team a nice needed veteran arm that could allow Brandon Workman to shift over to the bullpen as a versatile pitcher for the stretch run.
It will all come down to the price that it will cost the Red Sox to acquire Peavy. The White Sox may ask for at least two to three prospects in return for him. Names that could be in play for the Chicago’s liking could include pitchers Anthony Ranaudo, Workman along with catcher Christian Vasquez and outfielder Bryce Brentz in return for Peavy.
Chicago lacks catching depth in their farm system and a guy such as Vasquez could appeal to them and Brentz’s power potential could intrigue the White Sox as well since they lack a true power outfield bat.
If the price is too high for Peavy, expect Boston to still look hard at the trade market and find a way to acquire a starter of some sorts with the uncertainty of Clay Buchholz going forward and to add depth in order for a strong playoff run too.