Jake Peavy traded to Boston Red Sox 

July, 31, 2013

The non-waiver trade deadline arrives Wednesday afternoon, but a bunch of American League teams couldn’t wait, making moves late Tuesday night. Certainly new Boston Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is the big name here, as he left the Chicago White Sox in a three-team, seven-player deal. Peavy isn’t 100 percent owned in ESPN standard leagues, but he’s close. Remember, he’s made only 13 starts this season; two since coming off the disabled list two weeks ago for a rib injury. Peavy’s value doesn’t really change while he’s changing his socks, or in this case, Sox. In last week’s pitcher rankings Peavy was No. 34 among starting pitchers, which seems reasonable. If he stays healthy he could crack the top 25.

Frankly, Boston’s interest in Peavy could signal that right-hander Clay Buchholz, 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts, is either nowhere near a return or we won’t see him again in 2013. I’d keep Buchholz owned, but time’s a-wastin’. Brandon Workman, a right-hander who has pitched well in three starts with the Red Sox including Tuesday’s win (his first), should end up in the bullpen, but if you own him in an AL-only format I’d keep him around. It’s not like Peavy -- or John Lackey, for that matter -- is safe to make every start from here on out. Trading for Peavy is far wiser than moving top prospect Xander Bogaerts for Cliff Lee, as if that were a possibility anyway. As for the third-base situation, I still think Will Middlebrooks is going to be a factor the final two months, unless the organization makes a Wednesday trade for someone like Michael Young, which they really shouldn’t.