The Boston Red Sox received a huge boost to their rotation when they reportedly acquired Jake Peavy in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, at 2:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
ESPN's Buster Olney has the latest on Peavy:
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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, at 12:05 a.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
The Red Sox announced the 3-team trade on Twitter:
The team also provides details on the deal:
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported news of the deal:
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier, the trade involves three teams:
According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox are in advanced talks about a three-way deal with the White Sox and Tigers that would bring right-hander Jake Peavy to Boston.
Gordon Edes of ESPN.com reports more details on the trade:
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reveals another player who may be involved in the deal:
Heyman provides more trade details:
Comcast Sports Net New England's Sean McAdam has info on the Red Sox prospects involved in the deal:
The 32-year-old Peavy is 8-4 this season with a 4.28 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 80 innings. Although he missed over a month this season with a fractured rib, he has made two starts since returning and has tallied the win in each outing.
Injuries have been a bit of an issue for Peavy throughout his four-year career with Chicago. After being considered one of the top pitchers in the game while with the San Diego Padres, he has made more than 20 starts only once since joining the White Sox.
However, he was rejuvenated last year. Peavy threw 219 innings and posted a 3.37 ERA while making the All-Star Game for the third time in his career. That earned him a two-year extension running through 2014, with a $15 million option for 2015.
Despite that success, Peavy was made expendable due to the team's struggles. The White Sox are currently in last place in the AL Central with a 40-64 record. Only the Houston Astros have a worse record in the American League.
As a result, the pitcher was sought after by many contending squads around baseball. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN.com, Peavy entered Sunday's game with his bags already packed in the locker room in case a trade went through. He did not know where he was going, but he did say "this is probably my last day in here."
Although he remained with the club for a few more days, he was still eventually moved and will spend the rest of the season with the Red Sox. His new squad needed help in the rotation, and they add an experienced pitcher who will be depended on down the stretch.
Boston now hopes that this will be enough to get them into the postseason and contend for a World Series title.
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