Red Sox Trade Rumors: Team Would Be Foolish to Deal Top Prospects for Jake Peavy

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIJuly 29, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20:  Starting pitcher Jake Peavy #44 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on April 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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If Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn thinks he’s going to pull a fast one on Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, he’s got another thing coming.

The Red Sox are in need of a starting pitcher as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approaches, and Jake Peavy is one of their targets. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports Boston is in the mix for the right-hander and should have what it takes in order to land him from the White Sox:

The only problem is that Peavy's price tag is much too high.

Passan reported Hahn is telling teams interested in acquiring Peavy that he wants a top prospect in return. The general manager will seek Xander Bogaerts from the Red Sox in a deal that would send the veteran starter to Boston, per the report.

Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA through 13 starts this season. He’s struck out 76 batters and has walked 17 in 80 innings of work. He’s already been on the disabled list this season, and, while he’s having a productive year, this isn’t 2007. Peavy is no longer a Cy Young candidate and probably never will be again.

Does Hahn truly believe he can get a top prospect for Peavy?

Peavy started 32 games for the White Sox last season and he made fewer than 20 starts in the three previous seasons. This guy has had rib issues, shoulder issues, groin issues and ankle issues, among other ailments in the last few seasons. For lack of a better phrase, he’s a walking time bomb.

The right-hander is making $14.5 million this season and will make the same next year. There’s also a $15 million player option on his contract for 2015. That’s a lot of cash for a guy who might not make 20 starts next season. That’s not even taking into consideration that Boston would be losing its top prospect.

Bogaerts is the future of the franchise. The infielder hit .311/.407/.502 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 56 games with Double-A Portland this year before getting promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. He’s hitting .273/.377/.476 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 40 games since the promotion.

Bogaerts could end up being in the MVP race in just a few years and might be with the Red Sox before the conclusion of 2013 if Jose Iglesias continues to slump at third base and Will Middlebrooks doesn’t prove his worth in the minors. It’s up for debate if Boston should even deal him for someone like Giancarlo Stanton.

But for Peavy? Yeah right. Hahn is out of his mind.

Sure, the Red Sox need someone like Peavy down the stretch. Clay Buchholz is currently on the disabled list, and it’s unclear when he’s going to return. It also wouldn’t hurt to have Peavy on the roster for next season. But if Hahn's deal is contingent on Bogaerts going to Chicago, then Cherington must strongly refuse.

Boston should be willing to move some of the bigger pieces in the minor league system, but Bogaerts is 100 percent off limits.

Nice try, Rick, but Ben is smarter than that.


All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and are current through July 28. All injury information in this article was obtained via Baseball Prospectus and all contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.