DETROIT -- Without question Boston manager John Farrell advocates his end of the three-way deal that brought Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.
But Farrell said before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday afternoon that all three teams should approve of their take in the July 30 blockbuster.
The trade brought five-tool outfielder Avisail Garcia to the White Sox from the Detroit Tigers, who received shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston.
The Red Sox also sent three minor leaguers -- infielder Cleuluis Rondon and pitchers Francellis Montas and Jeffrey Wendelken -- to the White Sox and received pitcher Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. Another bonus for the White Sox: they received financial flexibility as Boston assumed the remainder of Peavy’s two-year, $29-million contract.
“One, It’s a great baseball trade because it clearly had specific needs and fit for the three teams involved,” Farrell said in a pregame press conference. “Secondly, you have to give up a quality player to get a quality player in return. … It was hard to see (Iglesias) go, but in return we knew we needed another quality starter, and we got that in Jake.”
Peavy gave the Red Sox everything they could ask for in a sterling Game 4-performance in the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay on Oct. 8.
Despite 13 days between starts, Peavy showed little rust as he allowed a run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings and watched as Boston rallied for a 3-1 victory. Peavy takes the mound in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers.
“He’s such a good athlete,” Farrell said. “And he’s got a repeatable delivery that even with added rest he’s a very good strike thrower.”
Considering the price they paid for him, the White Sox hope they hit a home run with their acquisition of Garcia, 22. Early returns suggest the Sox may have unearthed a gem in Garcia, who had a .304/.327/.447 slash line with five homers and 21 RBIs in 168 plate appearances after he was promoted on Aug. 9.
“We’re very excited about his upside,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said on July 31. “He still has a bit of development ahead of him but we feel we’ve acquired somebody with a great deal of upside who can have a great deal of impact on the South Side for many years to come.”