The San Francisco Giants attempted to take a step towards improving their starting pitching rotation on Saturday when they acquired former Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitching prospects Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar. Peavy struggled in the twenty games that he started for the Red Sox this season going just 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. A lack of run support could be attributed to Peavy's poor record though, as the Red Sox offense currently ranks twentieth in the majors.
Peavy is a far cry from the man who won nineteen games with the San Diego Padres en route to claiming the 2007 national league Cy Young award but the Giants are hoping he can at least return to 2013 form when he won a combined twelve games for the Red Sox and White Sox. San Francisco's pitching staff already ranks sixth in the majors but a recent injury to starter Matt Cain left the Giants with a hole to fill in their rotation, hence the trade for Peavy. The Giants hope a change of scenery and an increased amount of run support will help Peavy become an effective starter once again as they find themselves in a tight divisional race with their arch rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers who currently sit only 0.5 game behind them for first place in the national league west.
The Red Sox look like a much different team from the one that was crowned world champions a little more than nine months ago. At 47-56 they currently sit in last place in the american league east, 10.5 games behind first place Baltimore. Boston's struggles this year lead many to believe that Peavy may just be the first of several veteran players dealt before next week's trade deadline. Recent rumors suggest that the Red Sox may have placed pitcher Jon Lester on the trade block after contract extension talks between the two parties broke down. Lester has recently announced that he would eventually like to sign with Boston long-term but that does not change the fact that he may end up finishing the 2014 season elsewhere. In regards to the prospects Boston received for Peavy, Hembree has posted a career 3.15 ERA in twenty-one games with the Giants while Escobar recently made an appearence in the all-star futures game for the world team.