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The exhaustive search for a proven starting pitcher wound up a successful mission for the Red Sox as general manager Ben Cherington reeled in right-hander Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-team, seven-player deal late Tuesday night.
To pry Peavy away from the White Sox, the Red Sox also had to include the Tigers. Jose Iglesias, who started at third base for Boston on Tuesday only to be removed in the ninth inning once the deal seemed probable, is headed to Detroit.
The trade was completed with a little time to spare before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline.
Trailing the Rays by a half-game in the American League East, Cherington hopes Peavy can aid the final push for Boston’s attempt at its first postseason berth since 2009.
“We’re really excited to bring Jake here,” said Cherington. “He’s obviously a proven Major League starter. He’s had a ton of success in his career. And I think if there’s one thing we wanted to do if we could pull it off is to add a starting pitcher. As we looked at the next two months, we’re in position to compete for a playoff spot and we just felt like adding a starting pitcher was probably the most important thing we could do to protect our chances to do that.”
The Red Sox are closing in on a deal for starting pitcher Jake Peavy, multiple sources have confirmed to MLB.com.
The deal has not been announced, but it likely will be once the Red Sox finish reviewing Peavy’s medical records. The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was the first to report the Red Sox and White Sox had agreed to a deal. WEEI.com reported that the Tigers are also involved in the trade, and they could be getting Jose Iglesias from Boston.
Peavy would give the Red Sox another proven arm in the rotation at a time Clay Buchholz remains out with a right bursa sac strain.
Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 8, and he is like three to four weeks from being activated.
The 32-year-old Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts. He has made two starts since returning from the disabled list. Peavy had been sidelined with broken ribs.
The Red Sox would also control his contractual rights for next season, when he would earn $14.5 million.
In 12 Major League seasons, Peavy is 128-97 with a 3.49 ERA. He won the National League Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007, going 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA.
Peavy has been with the White Sox since 2009.
The first inkling that a deal could be in the works happened in the top of the ninth inning in Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park, when Boston manager John Farrell inserted Brandon Snyder at third base in place of Iglesias.
“Just to get Snyder on the field,” said Farrell. “I recognize the deadline tomorrow, there’s probably a lot of speculation that’s going on in every city. But that was the move.”
Snyder had just started on Monday, so it’s not like he needed the work.
Iglesias has been playing mainly third base for the Red Sox, but he’s a superb defender at shortstop.
The Tigers could soon see their starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta get suspended as part of the Biogenesis case that could impact several teams during the pennant race.
Iglesias got off to a hot start for the Red Sox at the plate this season, but has cooled off of late. He went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is hitting .330 with one homer and 19 RBIs.
The Sox signed Iglesias out of Cuba in 2009. He has always been highly touted for his glove, and this year has proved his bat also has some life in it.
Xander Bogaerts, the top position player in Boston’s farm system, is a shortstop, perhaps making it easier for the Red Sox to put Iglesias in a trade.
The Red Sox managed to stave off elimination on Monday night, not only riding another strong Clay Buchholz performance to victory in Chicago, but also having the Blue Jays do them a favor by beating the slumping Yankees.
Tonight’s battle for survival figures to be far tougher, given the fact the Yankees have their ace going North of the border in CC Sabathia. The Blue Jays counter with Kyle Drabek, a prospect seeking his first Major League win.
The Red Sox go with John Lackey. He will be opposed by Edwin Jackson.
One thing to keep an eye on down the stretch for Boston is milestones. Adrian Beltre and David Ortiz both got to the 100 mark in RBIs last night. Beltre is two homers from 30. Jon Lester can get his 20th win on Thursday night.
For the first time this season, the Red Sox have come to the park knowing that their postseason hopes could be cover by the time the night is over.
It has felt almost inevitable for a while, and it comes with some irony that tonight’s opponent is the White Sox. While many defeats have been crushing for Boston this season, I’ll always think that the finishing blow of this season came on September 5, that Sunday afternoon at Fenway against the White Sox when Jonathan Papelbon had the 48-pitch blown save.
Last night’s game at Yankee Stadium was the last straw, just a truly crushing defeat.
With the Yankees’ game starting one hour before Boston’s, the Red Sox could be eliminated before their game even finishes. If the Red Sox win tonight and the Yankees lose, their hopes — however slight — will last one more day.
Also, Manny Ramirez’s lack of impact with the White Sox has been nothing short of striking. He is hitting .242 with one homer and two RBIs since coming over from the Dodgers.
Who can figure Manny out? The newest member of the Chicago White Sox is back in Boston for the second time this season, but far more talkative than in his first visit.
Do you know that if the Red Sox had been awarded the waiver claim for Ramirez instead of the White Sox, he would have happily come back to Boston?
“What I did here in the past is in the past. But if they claimed me, why should I say no?” Ramirez said.
For the first time, he was openly apologetic about the way his time with the Red Sox ended. You know, the swing at Youkilis, the shoving of Jack McCormick, the petulant behavior. All that stuff.
“Everything was my fault, but you have to be a real man to realize when you do wrong. It was my fault, right. I already passed that stage,” Ramirez said. “I’m happy. I’m on a new team. When I went to first base [in June], I told Youkilis, ‘What happened between you and me, that’s my fault. I’m sorry. It takes a real man to go and tell a person it was my fault and that’s what I did.”
Ramirez is clearly more introspective than at any time before in his career.
“In life, you pass every stage,” Ramirez said. “I passed that stage and you keep growing. You look back and say I did this wrong, but what’s done is done. All you can do is go and play the game and finish your career good.”
Ramirez will be at Fenway Park all day on Saturday for a day-night doubleheader.