CHICAGO, July 31, 2013 — The MLB trade deadline is today at 4 P.M. EST, but a few teams made moves last night to ensure they put the right pieces in place for a stretch drive or to begin building for next year.
The Red Sox, Tigers and White Sox completed a seven player deal that looks to help all parties involved.
The Red Sox acquired starter Jake Peavy from the White Sox and reliever Brayan Villareal from the Tigers. Villareal will likely not help this year and will start in AAA but did have some success in the Tigers bullpen last year.
The key to the deal for the Red Sox is Peavy who despite missing time due to a DL stint has thrown 80 innings with a 4.28 ERA, 8.55 K/9 and 4.47 K/BB. The Red Sox pitching depth has been tested by Clay Buchholz’s prolonged absence and Ryan Dempster’s groin injury. Peavy will add to their depth and also allow the team to push Brandon Workman to the bullpen, which has lost multiple relievers to injury as well.
The Tigers acquired Jose Iglesias, who some compare to Omar Vizquel, is widely known for his defense despite a .330/.376/.409 slash line this year. Iglesias’ numbers have been boosted by a .377 BABIP this year, making it unlikely these are his true levels.
The move provides insurance for the Tigers if Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of MLB’s ongoing Biogenesis investigation, which many expect to be handed out this week. Iglesias will be moved back to his natural shortstop after filling in for the Red Sox at third base.
Finally, the White Sox continued their rebuild, after earlier trading Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, by acquiring four prospects. The Tigers send Avisail Garcia, who is the closest to the big leagues, to the White Sox. Garcia was considered the top power prospect in the Tigers system and some view him as having 30 HR potential. He is likely to become one of the top prospects in the White Sox farm system, which many view as one of the worst in baseball.
The White Sox also add three A ball prospects from the Red Sox; shortstop/second baseman Cleuluis Rondon, and pitchers Francellis Montas and Jeffrey Wendelken. With prospects that far from the big leagues it is best to take a wait and see approach, but scouts say there are tools there.
In another trade, the Angels traded Alberto Callaspo to the A’s for Grant Green.
Callaspo can play second base, shortstop and third base and has a .254/.324/.347 slash line so far this year. Callaspo will play second base initially for the Oakland, but provides flexibility and can back up Josh Donaldson at third base as well.
Grant Green, a former first round draft pick, will head to AAA but if the Angels continue to sell off pieces like Howie Kendrick or Erick Aybar, it is possible that he could be up with Anaheim this year. Grant has been tried around the diamond and it will be up to the Angels to decide where to try to find him a home. He provides reasonable upside and has hit well in the PCL, putting up a .325/.379/.500 slash line at AAA Fresno.
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