White Sox trade Jake Peavy to Red Sox in three-team deal

White Sox trade Jake Peavy to Red Sox in three-team deal

July 30, 2013, 9:45 pm
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CLEVELAND — The White Sox traded Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox late Tuesday night.

The deal, which was completed just after before 11 p.m. CT, also includes the Detroit Tigers and brings outfielder Avisail Garcia and three low-level minor leaguers back to the White Sox.

Boston sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit in the first deal between the White Sox and Tigers since Kenny Williams was traded north in 1989.

The Red Sox also assumed all of the nearly $20 million owed to Peavy, including his $14.5 million salary in 2014, per White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.

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Garcia, who was listed as the No. 2 prospect in the Tigers’ farm system at the start of the season by Baseball America, is the centerpiece of the deal for the White Sox.

“We’re very excited about his upside,” Hahn said on a conference call. “We truly feel he is a five-tool player, somebody who can not only hit for average but hit for average, can run well and play above-average defense. He’s still young and he still has a little 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.”

Nicknamed “Little Miggy,” the 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder has a combined .387 average with six homers and 27 RBIs between Class A and Triple-A this season. Garcia, 22, also has a .241 average, two homers and 10 RBIs in 30 games for the Tigers this season.

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He also had several big moments for Detroit against the White Sox in the pennant race last September.

Only because the White Sox don’t have a spot for him immediately — a scenario that could be remedied Wednesday if Alex Rios is dealt — Garcia has been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox also received second baseman Cleulius Rondon and pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken, all three of whom were at Class A in the Red Sox organization.

But to do so the White Sox had to part with Peavy, whom they acquired from the San Diego Padres in a five-player deal in July 2009. After he battled health issues for several seasons, Peavy returned to prominence last season and went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in a team-high 219 innings.

He re-signed with the White Sox this season for $29 million over two years. The deal also has a vesting option for 2015, but Peavy needs to pitch a combined 400 innings for that to kick in.

“It’s tough,” Hahn said. “This is obviously not the position we want to be in right now. We didn’t re-sign Jake Peavy this past offseason with the intention we were going to be in a position at the deadline where it was obvious that it made the most sense for the long-term health of the organization and strength of our system to move him. We signed Jake Peavy because he’s a front-end starter on a championship team, he has that kind of ability. He’s going to help Boston immensely down the stretch run, we believe, and into next year as well.”

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Peavy was held out of Tuesday night’s start so the White Sox didn’t hurt his value prior to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. CT trade deadline.

Peavy is 8-4 this season with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season.

Tuesday’s trade ends nearly two weeks of speculation as to where Peavy would be traded. Dozens of scouts had been on hand for each of the right-hander’s two starts since he returned from 5 1/2 weeks off with a broken left rib.

The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks were among the strongest pursuers of Peavy.

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Hahn said talks with other teams began before the All-Star break and he had spoken to the Red Sox repeatedly. The two teams exhausted all trade possibilities, and it wasn’t until Detroit got involved on Tuesday the sides were able to reach an agreement.

As for other potential deals — Rios, Alexei Ramirez and Matt Lindstrom have all been the most frequently named players in rumors — Hahn isn’t forced to do anything unless it makes sense.

“We’ll see,” Hahn said. “If something makes sense from a baseball standpoint we’ll do it. If it makes sense to revisit it in August or in the offseason or next year then we’ll wait.”