The San Francisco Giants have acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Red Sox have not lived up to expectations following their world series last season and are now sellers in 2014. The Giants are 57-46 and have a half game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants recently lost Matt Cain to the DL and have been linked to multiple starters for a while.
In 2014 Jake Peavy have an ERA of 4.72 with 100 strike out’s in 124 innings pitched. Obviously, Peavy hasn’t had the best numbers in 2014, but what he does have is post-season experience and a drive to win. Also, in Jake Peavy’s career he has a 3.29 ERA with 1342 innings pitched and 1348 strike out’s in the NL. The team he pitched for in the NL, the Padres, is where he was with Bruce Bochy, who is now the manager of the San Francisco Giants. This deal should certainly help the Giants and if Peavy can pitch like he has in his career in the NL the Giants will have a solid shot at winning the division.
The Red Sox acquired some talented pitchers in this deal in Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.
Edwin Escobar is a 22-year-old starter in AAA. In 2014 Edwin has an ERA of 5.11 in 111 innings pitched with 96 strike out’s. The ERA isn’t good for Edwin, but doesn’t speak to his talent. According to MLB.Com Edwin has an above average fastball, change-up, slider and command. If Edwin can figure himself out he could be a potential number two starter in the Red Sox rotation.
Heath Hembree, a 25-year-old in AAA has a 3.89 ERA in 39.1 innings with 46 strike out’s. Hembree has a fastball that reaches the upper 90’s but other than that he has an average slider and average control. Hembree will most likely be a 7th inning relief pitcher in the MLB.
This deal seems like a win for both teams. The Giants got a starter who is gritty and pitched well in the NL in the past and the Red Sox get two talented pitchers to bolster their farm.