Date: July 31
Red Sox Received: SP Jake Peavy, RP Brayan Villarreal
White Sox Received: OF Avisail Garcia, SS Cleuluis Rondon, RHP J.B. Wendelken, RHP Francellis Montas
Tigers Received: SS Jose Iglesias
What I Said Then
Jake Peavy joins the Red Sox as they look to battle the Rays for the AL East title. He's 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 80 innings of work this season. With Clay Buchholz still on the shelf, Peavy gives Boston a frontline veteran starter for their stretch run.
He's also signed for $14.5 million next season and has a $15 million player option for 2015, so he'll help the Red Sox beyond 2013. Boston also received Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal.
The Red Sox shipped 23-year-old shortstop/third baseman Jose Iglesias to Detroit in the deal, and they are no doubt selling high on him as he's hit .330/.377/.410 in 212 at-bats on the season. He's hit .377 on balls in play, so at least some luck has contributed to those numbers.
Boston also sent a trio of low-level prospects to the White Sox in Cleuluis Rondon, J.B. Wendelken and Francellis Montas. None of the three were among the Red Sox top 30 prospects entering the season, according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.
Completing the deal, the Tigers send 22-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia to the White Sox. Garcia made his big league debut last season, hitting .319/.373/.319 to provide a spark down the stretch.
He's hit .382/.414/.549 with five home runs in 144 Triple-A at-bats this season, and he profiles as a solid .280 BA, 20 HR, 80 RBI player down the road. He could be a replacement for Alex Rios in the immediate future if Rios winds up being dealt.
Boston Red Sox: A, Chicago White Sox: C, Detroit Tigers: A+
One Year Later
Peavy certainly helped out down the stretch, going 4-1 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 regular-season starts with the Red Sox. He struggled in the postseason, though, going 0-1 with a 7.10 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in three starts.
Back in the Red Sox rotation this season, he's gone 1-7 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.443 WHIP while allowing an AL-high 17 home runs. It's looking less and less likely his $15 million option for 2015 will be picked up at this point.
Garcia had a strong finish to the season for the White Sox, hitting .304/.327/.447 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 42 games. Unfortunately, a torn labrum ended his 2014 season after just eight games, but he still looks like a key piece of the team's future.
Rondon (26th) and Montas (29th) both entered the year ranked inside the White Sox's top 30 prospects, but it will still be a couple years before we know what the team got with those three prospects.
Iglesias ended up finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting last year and was penciled in as the Tigers' everyday shortstop heading into spring training. Stress fractures in both shins have sidelined him since early spring training, though, and he may wind up missing all of 2014.
Boston Red Sox: C, Chicago White Sox: B, Detroit Tigers: B