Merloni: Peavy 'built for the big market'

Merloni: Peavy 'built for the big market'
July 31, 2013, 12:30 am
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The Red Sox may not have just added an extra arm to the starting rotation by acquiring Jake Peavy, but also a player who can handle pitching in big games in a big market.

At least that's what Lou Merloni had to say on UNO Sports Tonight. 

Merloni joined Gary Tanguay on a special edition of Sports Tonight following the Red Sox trade for Peavy Tuesday night. And Merloni sees him as a strong fit in a baseball-crazed city such as Boston.

"I don't think there's a question," Merloni said. "This guy has the temperament. He did not belong in San Diego (Peavy's first team). People looked at him like he was a freak, he was too intense for them when he got onto the mound. I think he's built for the big market to be perfectly honest with you. I was surprised he didn't jump into the frame and go into a big market team."

In terms of the move in general, which includes shipping Jose Iglesias off to Detroit as part of a three-team deal, Merloni thinks the Sox got it right.

"I like the move," Merloni said. "(Detroit's) getting a .330 hitter, but (Iglesias is) not a .330 hitter. I think he's a good player, he's obviously a defensive wiz. You sold high right now and you took a team like Detroit that got a little desperate, so they needed someone to back up Jhonny Peralta with this biogenesis thing looming. 

But Jake Peavy himself, this guy is a competitor, one of the most competitive pitchers I've ever seen. He gets after it, he's a workhorse. He's had some injury over the year, but they got this guy now for the rest of this year and next year. Given all the reports of what is was gonna take to get him I think they did pretty well."