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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 03:51

Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal; Iglesias to Detroit and Garcia to Chicago.

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As the deadline nears we knew the Red Sox had to make a move to bolster their rotation as the uncertainity with Clay Buchholz moving forward. The Red Sox struck gold by adding Jake Peavy from the Whitesox in a three team deal which also included the Detroit Tigers. Peavy is signed through the 2014 season and will make 14.5 million for that season. Some inital notes is there will be no salary relief in the deal and the Red Sox will pick up all of the remaining money on Peavy's contract. 



Red Sox: The Red Sox got their starter in Peavy and didn't have to give up much as Iglesias was going to have to compete with Bogaerts and Middlebrooks for time in the future. Peavy also gives them protection in case the Buchholz injury is worse than predicted. The Red Sox also get that extra year of control for Peavy and he won't be gone at the end of year so it provided the Red Sox with options for the 2014 season as well. His record on the season is 8-4 with a 4.28 earned run average across 80 innings. Peavy was 2-0 since his rib injury that had him on the disabled list this season. Buster Olney provides us with a great stat saying that Peavy over the last 1.5 years has pitched 219 innings and recorded 337 strikeouts in the hitter friendly US Cellular Field.  The other piece in the deal is Brayan Villarreal a 26 year old prospect from Venezuela. Villarreal has seen time with Detroit this year pitching in seven games with a 20.77 earned run average to go along with an 0-2 record. Villarreal will be under team control until 2018 and is arbitration elegible at the end of the season. At Triple A Toldeo Villarreal has a 3.15 earned run average in 28 games recording 41 strikeouts in 34 and 1/3 innings. 

Tigers: The Detroit Tigers were in a tough spot as many reports suggested that players part of the Biogensis scandal were going to be suspended in the coming weeks. Jhonny Peralta was named on the list and the Tigers had to add some insurance in case a suspension follows. Jose Iglesias fit that need for the Tigers and provides them with one of the best gloves at short in the American League. Iglesias signed a four year deal back in 2010 with the Red Sox for 14.4 million that goes through the 2013 season. He will be arbitration elegible at the end of the year and won't be a free agent until the 2019 season. His stats with the Red Sox through 212 at bats include 70 hits and a .330 batting average. Ken Rosenthal notes that of Iglesias' 70 hits 24 of those are infield hits which is very impressive. Jim Bowden states that the Tigers solved their two biggest needs with the addition of Jose Veras at closer and Jose Iglesias at shortstop. He goes on to say that Nick Castellanos their top prospect will be called up to play left and believes they will be ready for October. 

Whitesox: It has been speculation for awhile that the Whitesox would be sellers at the deadline as they have fallen 24 games under .500. They finally made a splash by trading Peavy to the Red Sox in the three team deal with the Tigers and Red Sox. The Whitesox got back Avisail Garcia who is the centerpiece of the deal. Garcia has been with Detroit and Triple A Toledo for the season. Over the 83 at bats at Detroit he is batting .243 with .273 OBP and .373 Slugging Percentage. Garcia projects as a 20 homeruns and 80 runs batted in for the outfielder. Instantly becomes one of the White Sox top prospects and will look to help the WhiteSox in the future as he is under control until 2019. The White Sox also aquired Cleluius Rondon, 19, is hitting .276 (34-123) with one home run, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored in 37 games with Class A Lowell in the Boston organization.Rondon has played shortstop and second base for Lowell and he is a switch hitter. The other two Boston Red Sox prospects going to the White Sox are Frank Montas and JB Wendelken both low level pitching prospects. Montas is a 20 year old right hander and pitched at High A Greenville where he has a 5.70 earned run average in 19 games. He has logged 85 and 1/3 innings where he has 96 strikeouts and 32 walks which is good for a 3 to 1 walk ratio. Wendelken has faired very well at Greenville going 2-0 with a 2.77 earned run average in 27 games while recording 10 saves as well. He projects as a late inning bullpen arm in the future.