Amidst the Trade Deadline buzz, you might have missed exactly what happened in a three-team deal on July 30 between the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. In this article, I’ll break down what each team got out of this trade.
The Boston Red Sox acquired a big boost to their somewhat spotty starting rotation by taking Jake Peavy from the White Sox. They also acquired hard-throwing reliever Brayan Villarreal. Three prospects weren’t enough for Chicago, so Boston added in former Tiger Avisail Garcia. Garcia was traded for Jose Iglesias before being flipped over to the White Sox. The Red Sox GM Ben Cherington’s thoughts on the trade: “We’re really excited to bring Jake to Boston. He’s obviously a proven Major Leauge starter.” The Red Sox needed a boost to help them pull ahead of the Rays in this back-and-forth battle, and Ben Cherington definitely helped them by making this trade.
The Detroit Tigers were able to pick up the 22-year old infielder Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox originally had Iglesias, but traded him to Detroit for Avisail Garcia. Most people originally thought the Tigers wouldn’t even be in this trade. All in all, the Tigers didn’t end up getting the big chip, but their role in this trade made it possible for the Red Sox to land Peavy. Detroit is currently in first place, 2.5 games ahead of Cleveland. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
Finally, I’ll go over what the White Sox got. As mentioned above, the White Sox got the former Tiger (and Miguel Cabrera look-alike) Avisail Garcia. They also picked up three prospects, two of which are pitchers [J. B. Wendelken, (13th round pick) and Francellis Montas (signed as International Free Agent)]. The White Sox also picked up infielder Cleuluis Rondon, who was signed as an International Free Agent. The White Sox GM Kenny Williams is getting some help for the future, because you can’t be a contender while you’re 19.5 games out of 1st place.
This trade should help the Red Sox down the stretch run; they’ll need good pitching to pass Tampa Bay in the A. L. East.
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