San Francisco Giants Pay Heavily to Get Jake Peavy

The Giants obtained the starting pitching depth they wanted, trading for Jake Peavy today.  It’s another two-plus month rental, and as with the Tigers’ acquisition of Joakim Soria earlier this week, the price was steep.

The Boston Red Sox get young lefty starter Edwin Escobar and not-so-young righty reliever Heath Hembree.  Escobar is 22 this year, and while he’s struggled in his first season in the AAA Pacific Coast League (5.11 ERA), he’s still on track to be a major league pitcher in about a year’s time if he doesn’t get hurt.

Heath Hembree is 25 this year and is in his second season as the AAA Fresno Grizzlies’ closer.  He was terrific in a September call-up with the Giants last year, but his ERAs at AAA Fresno the last two seasons (4.07 and 3.89) weren’t particularly impressive.  However, he’s definitely got the stuff (145 Ks in 132.2 AAA innings pitched), that he could be a useful major league middle reliever with just a little more improvement.

Meanwhile, while I expect that Jake Peavy will perform better pitching his home games at AT&T Park rather than at Boston’s Fenway Park, this trade has to be seen as an unqualified win for the Red Sox.  In last place in the AL East and 10.5 games back of the first place Orioles, the Red Sox can’t be expected to miss Peavy much.   He didn’t pitch particularly well for the Crimson Hose, he wasn’t reasonably likely to help the Red Sox reach the post-season, and he would have been leaving as a free agent at the end of the season regardless.

Not only did the BoSox turn Peavy into two prospects, but they even got the Giants to relieve them of $2 million of the remaining monies owed to Peavy under his current contract.  Definitely a great deal from the Red Sox’ perspective.

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One Comment on “San Francisco Giants Pay Heavily to Get Jake Peavy”

  1. Burly Says:

    For what it’s worth, I ranked Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree as the Giants’ 2nd and 14th best prospects, respectively, before the 2014 season.


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