The rumor mill has kicked on. The Cardinals reportedly had scouts watching RHP Jake Peavy in his last start for the Boston Red Sox and the team is interested in acquiring the veteran starter.
Peavy is 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 1.44 WHIP for the Red Sox. He's also sporting a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
The Cardinals have been linked to Peavy in the past, when the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox have made the starter available.
Boston is apparently interested in the Cardinals’ outfield depth. Both Allen Craig and Randal Grichuk have been mentioned in various rumor circles. Part of this is due to the fact that both Craig and Grichuk are not in the starting line ups for their teams.
The Cardinals are in need of pitching after losing Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Joe Kelly to injuries (although Kelly will be back on Friday), sending Marco Gonzales to the minors, and receiving subpar efforts from Shelby Miller.
Peavy may not be the ideal option; his mechanics are rough, which has caused him to have multiple injuries over his career. He’s also a maximum effort pitch, which means he typically doesn’t go deep into games; he’s averaging just over 6 innings per outing, which is equivalent to what they get from Miller and Carlos Martinez. Bullpen usage is a concern for the team and Peavy won’t help alleviate that.
If they want to acquire a pitcher, John Lackey might be a better option; they could also push to have one of their younger arms included, like Brandon Workman. Peavy is a rental and it’s a steep cost to give up a team-friendly contract in Craig or a cost controlled player like Grichuk.
If the deal is going to happen, reports are it will happen by the end of the night.