The Jake Peavy trade, less than a day old, has already received a smattering of applause from Red Sox fans and Boston media alike.
Not that everybody is optimistic about this swap.
Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti spoke on the issue on "Felger and Mazz" Wednesday. The trade of course was a three-way deal that involved a number of players and prospects, but the main indicator of this deal's success for the Sox will be whether Jake Peavy adds more to the team than what it lost with Jose Iglesias' shipping to the Tigers.
Massarotti was not necessarily opposed to the deal, but he feels Detroit got the better end of the bargain.
"I don't hate it, I don't love it, like 'meh'," Massarotti said. "I'll tell you who I think got the best out of this deal, the Tigers. I love what the Tigers have done. They're going to lose Pheralta potentially to Biogenesis, they have a lineup that has thunder in it like no team in the game in Cabrera and Fielder, so they can carry a shortstop who you don't rely on to hit but will play great defense. Jose Iglesias is a perfect fit for the Tigers."
Felger emitted an air even more gloomy. Peavy was one of the best pitchers in the game just a few years ago, posting ERAs under 3.00 nearly injury-free in four of five seasons from 2004-2008 and capturing the NL Cy Young in 2007.
Times have certainly changed, though. In recent years, Peavy has been constantly bothered by injuries and spent precious time out of commission when he could've been helping his squad. Consequently, his performance has suffered. Peavy posted a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts in 2012, but that came after two injury-shortened seasons with ERAs north of 4.50 and was still quite a cry from his once elite form.
Some still believe he can recapture his former magic as an ace, but Felger is more skeptical. For him, Peavy is nothing more than a solid starter, something the Sox already have an abundance of.
"I don't think it's a need. I don't think a middle rotation guy is a need," Felger said. "Cliff Lee you would entertain because I think you need an ace, you've been going the last two months without a 1 or a 2…I think people have missed the fact that the Sox have gotten excellent depth performances from their starting pitching, they've got good pitching depth."
Peavy could turn out to be incredibly helpful or incredibly frustrating. The results of the pennant race will likely show whether the trade ultimately helped the Sox.