According to multiple reports, Peavy is being traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-team trade. The Red Sox are dealing 23-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers, who are sending Avisail Garcia to the White Sox.
Peavy is the centerpiece of the deal and expected to boost Boston’s rotation. The former Cy Young winner is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 80 innings this season. He is under contract for next season and has a $15 million option for 2015, so the Sox are not getting a one-year rental. But he will be expensive; he is owed $4 million the rest of this season, $14.5 million next season, and $4 million from a backloaded signing bonus. Boston is just hoping he does more for them than he did for the White Sox when Chicago acquired him from San Diego at the trade deadline in 2009
Iglesias is your typical light-hitting, good-fielding shortstop. He only has three home runs in over 1,050 professional at-bats, and a career .626 OPS in the minors. But Iglesias did start off the season hot before crashing back to earth with a .200 average and .457 OPS in July. He’s batting .330 with a .787 OPS this season. He should give the Tigers a replacement at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta, who is expected to be suspended 50 games because of his involvement with Biogenesis.
Garcia is a 22-year-old Venezuelan outfielder who killed the ball in the minor leagues this season. He spent time in the majors last year as a 21-year-old, hitting .319 in 47 at-bats. Garcia is batting .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats with the Tigers this season. Garcia strongly resembles Miguel Cabrera in appearance and batting style, but he is not half the hitter. Chicago is hoping the power and skill will increase as he gets older.
The White Sox are also getting Cleuluis Rondon, Frank Montas, and JB Wendelken as part of the deal — all three are young low-level minor leaguers.