Peavy was recently activated from the disabled list after spending a month off nursing a fractured rib. As soon as he was able to pitch in a game, MLB scouts from numerous teams flocked to watch him perform, as noted by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
As Rosenthal reported, not every team visiting the ballpark during Peavy's start was there to evaluate his stock for a potential trade. That said, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Boston as one of the teams that was there to scout him, specifically:
It's clear that Boston wants to upgrade its pitching staff heading into the second half of the season.
Having already traded for reliever Matt Thornton, the Red Sox are now looking to upgrade the starting rotation. If you believe Thornton, Peavy is "one of the best competitors in the game," as noted by Evan Drellich of MassLive.com.
Though not considered an ace by any measure, Peavy has a long history of pitching well in the majors. Posting a record of 7-4 with an ERA of 4.19 this season, he's struck out 69 batters while allowing just 15 walks.
In his first start after his month-long stint on the DL, Peavy had a successful return to action, allowing just two earned runs in six innings in a winning effort.
Trading for Peavy would give the Red Sox another solid starter to throw in the middle of their rotation. He'd fit in nicely between Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz (who has been cleared to throw, as noted by Tony Lee of ESPNBoston.com) and John Lackey.
The Red Sox have plenty of offensive firepower to work with, ranking in the top two in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Unfortunately, the team has struggled with its pitching staff the past few years. Adding a savvy veteran and "one of the best competitors in the game" would be a phenomenal move to remedy this.
Adding Peavy would not only help balance the team's offense with its pitching, but it would ensure a playoff berth in 2013, and a deep run, at that.
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