Peavy Trade Reaction

Boston—San Francisco Deal

Never afraid to deal away prospects for help down the stretch, Giants GM swung his latest big deal heading up to the trade deadline, acquiring veteran right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects.

Peavy, whose career once seemed to teetering on the brink just a few scant years ago, has strung three years of above-average production, totaling nearly 10 wins above replacement between 2011 and 2013. This season, however, the 33-year-old right-hander is on pace for the worst statistical year of his 13-year career.

His strikeout percentage, 18.6%, is the lowest of his career; his walk percentage, 8.6%, the second highest. And his 4.28 Skill Independent ERA, or SIERA, is just the second time it’s topped 4.00.

Peavy does add depth to the Giants’ rotation, pushing out Yusmeiro Petit and providing a solid fallback plan as the organization deals with Matt Cain’s elbow issues. He also should add another win, maybe two, for the club compared to Petit’s production.

The two pitchers heading eastward to Boston – southpaw Edwin Escobar and reliever Heath Hembree – represent a solid fetch for a high-priced, aging pitcher with a troublesome injury past.

I listed Escobar as the Giants’ #3 prospect in my updated rankings, writing: “It’s been an up-and-down year, though mostly down, for the 22-year-old southpaw in his debut in Class AAA. In 19 games, Escobar has posted a 4.90 FIP while setting a career low in strikeout rate (7.97 K/9).”

Historically, Escobar has missed a fair amount of bats with, at times, solid-average control. He’s a nice backend option in another year or so.

Hembree’s been big league-ready for a couple seasons now. And despite some impressive Triple-A production, the 25-year-old right-hander has thrown just 7.2 innings in the bigs, flashing a low- to mid-90s fastball and a hard breaking ball.

He could step in today and be a solid backend option for the Red Sox, with the peak as a good setup guy.

Overall, this is a fair deal for both sides. The Giants get a solid veteran presence for the back of their rotation and Boston gets a couple solid arms, both of whom have definite big league value. Sorry, Sox fans, this doesn’t fall into the Zack Wheeler-for-Carlos Beltran deal the Giants made a few years ago.


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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: