Farewell, Jake! Remember Boston fondly when you're riding your duck boat.
Jake Peavy didn't quite make it a full year playing for the Boston Red Sox, but he was here long enough to help them win a World Series. Even though the Red Sox dealt away fielding whiz Jose Iglesias (who has been out all year for the Tigers), I'd say that trade was a success.
Peavy was a key clubhouse presence. He was the ultimate competitor who battled constantly despite his aging body struggling to keep up to his incredibly high standards. Peavy's record this year was only 1-9, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Peavy be at least a .500 pitcher with a sub 4.00 ERA in spacious AT&T park in San Francisco.
In return the Red Sox got two pitching prospects. Heath Hembree seems to be the better of the two despite Rafael Escobar being more highly touted coming into the season. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Red Sox turn around and include either or both of them in a bigger deal-- either now or after the season. The Red Sox appear to have a plethora of pitching prospects in their organization.
This shouldn't be the last deal Boston swings in the next week. The white flag has been raised. Their recent losing streak has upper management looking ahead to 2015. Jonny Gomes looks to be the next logical choice to be dealt. Kansas City appears interested. Other trade candidates would be Stephen Drew, Andrew Miller, and Shane Victorino. The interesting options -- and the ones that would net the highest return -- will be Jon Lester and Koji Uehara.
No one should be safe at this point.