Peavy 'the guy we wanted' says Cherington

Peavy 'the guy we wanted' says Cherington
July 31, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Jake Peavy went 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts for the White Sox this season.

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BOSTON – In right-hander Jake Peavy, the Red Sox believe they got the player that can most help them this season.
 
“We came in really wanting mostly to add a starting pitcher if we could,” said general manager Ben Cherington. “We felt like that was the most important thing we could do to protect the team going down the stretch. And we were able to add the guy we wanted. We felt like Peavy was the best fit for us and we were able to get that done last night. Worked on some other stuff but never really got close on anything else today.”
 
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, the Sox completed a three-team deal with the White Sox and Tigers that brought Peavy to Boston from Chicago and sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit. The Sox also got right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal from Detroit, assigning him to Triple-A Pawtucket. They sent three minor leaguers – right-handers J.B. Wendelken and Francelis Montas and infielder Cleuluis Rondon – to Chicago, who also acquired outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit.
 
Peavy, 32, was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2007 with the Padres when he went 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings – leading the NL in wins and the majors in strikeouts and ERA. He was 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a WHIP of 1.14 in 13 starts for the White Sox this season.
 
With the return of right-hander Clay Buchholz unknown, the addition of Peavy strengthens the Sox rotation. It also allows the Sox to move right-hander Brandon Workman to the bullpen, addressing another of the team’s needs.
 
The Sox’ long-term familiarity with Peavy made the decision to go after him easier. Special assignment scout Mark Wasinger was the scout who signed Peavy when the right-hander was drafted by the Padres in the 15th round in 1999. Pitching coach Juan Nieves, who had been an assistant pitching coach for the White Sox before joining the Red Sox, had worked with Peavy after the right-hander was acquired by Chicago at the trade deadline in 2009.
 
“He’s been a really good pitcher for a long time,” Cherington said. “He’s a competitor. He loves to pitch. He loves baseball. I think he’ll respond to this environment, the fans and fit pretty seamlessly into the clubhouse. We’ve known him for a long time. The scout who signed him as an amateur works for us, and  then up until last year with Juan being  over there, we have history with him over a long period of time, although he’s never been a Red Sox we feel like we know him pretty well. Look forward to having him here and watching him pitch this weekend.”
 
In his 12-season career, Peavy is 128-97 with a 3.49 ERA – 92-68 (3.29) in the National League, 36-29 (4.00) in the AL.
 
“We’ve been able to add a very successful major league starter, whether it’s been in the National League, whether it’s been in the American League,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s made a pretty seamless transition to the American League. Pitching in this league for a number of years, a guy that’s extremely competitive. In talking with him late last night, he is ecstatic about joining the Red Sox, looking forward to not only pitching in Fenway Park, for the Red Sox, in this city. I think he’s going to relish the opportunity.
 
“I think his attitude, his personality, will fit as the vast majority of our clubhouse shares the same approach to the game, and just by hearing him speak last night, this has a chance to be an outstanding fit.”
 
“Plenty of guys have [switched leagues],” Cherington said. “[Sox right-hander Ryan] Dempster’s done it this year," Farrell said. "Peavy’s done it in Chicago, went from a really good pitching environment in san Diego to a much tougher one in Chicago and has done well. So it’s not something we’re that concerned about.”
 
Initially, Peavy was expected in Boston on Wednesday, but is now expected to arrive on Thursday. It is likely he will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks at Fenway. He was scheduled to start Tuesday for the White Sox before being scratched from that outing. His last outing was July 25, a win over the Tigers.
 
Peavy, who missed about six weeks with a fractured rib before returning July 20, has had several injuries over the past few seasons, including a strained right ankle when the White Sox acquired him, a ruptured tendon in his shoulder in 2010, and various injuries that in 2011.
 
Since returning from the DL this season, he has made two starts, earning wins against the Braves and Tigers. He pitched 13 innings, giving up eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits, including four home runs, and two walks with 10 strikeouts.