A couple of thoughts on the Peavy - Iglesias trade...
- I don't know how much I love the Peavy acquisition, because I'm not certain that he improves the rotation all that much. But I know that I LOVE the fact that they got him for Iglesias, who I have no confidence is ever going to be a Major League hitter (other than in occasional short stretches) rather than someone of real value.
Who does he replace in the rotation? Workman, presumably, right? Does Workman go back to the minors or back to the bullpen?
LesterAnd then Buchholz comes back. [And none of them out-pitches David Price in a must-win...]
- "The Red Sox made a bold move by acquiring righthander Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-team, seven-player trade. The price was steep: Jose Iglesias was traded to the Tigers."
The headline writers at the Boston Globe website have a different opinion as to what constitutes a "steep" price than I do...
- The Red Sox, I think, got a steal, for two reasons:
1) For about 6 weeks, Jose Iglesias hit like Ichiro Suzuki, Jr., with several well hit balls that fell in, and a bunch of infield hits. He was tremendously productive over that stretch, but the question isn't that stretch - the question is, "was that success sustainable or reproduceable?" The smart money says, "no," so the Red Sox sold high.
2) Even with the probably-illusory offensive high point that Iglesias' has given them to work with, he's probably still not enough to get Peavy. But luckily for Boston, Detroit's about to lose their SS to a drug suspension for the rest of the year, and that makes them desperate. The Red Sox didn't have to be desperate themselves, but they were in position to take advantage of the Tigers' desperation.
- Over the last seven weeks (small sample, etc.) Iglesias has been the least productive hitter on the team of anyone with 25 or more at-bats (as measured by RC [Runs Created]/out).
David Ortiz (.338/.424/.574/.999, 34.04 runs created, 8.34 RC/25 outs)Yes, Pedroia is second-worst. The difference, of course, is that Pedroia has a track record of being a great hitter, so this seems to be a slump, whereas Iglesias has a track record of being a dreadful hitter, so this seems like a reversion to the mean.
Mike Carp (.327/.415/.527/.943, 12.22 runs created, 8.04 RC/25 outs)
Jacoby Ellsbury (.331/.382/.479/.861, 30.19 runs created, 6.56 RC/25 outs)
Jackie Bradley, Jr. (.167/.286/.667/.952, 1.21 runs created, 6.03 RC/25 outs)
Jonny Gomes (.268/.307/.524/.831, 12.55 runs created, 4.98 RC/25 outs)
Mike Napoli (.256/.333/.463/.796, 17.76 runs created, 4.72 RC/25 outs)
Shane Victorino (.280/.313/.441/.754, 20.24 runs created, 4.60 RC/25 outs)
Stephen Drew (.222/.273/.444/.717, 10.08 runs created, 3.88 RC/25 outs)
Brock Holt (.290/.333/.290/.624, 3.91 runs created, 3.76 RC/25 outs)
Ryan Lavarnway (.229/.308/.343/.651, 3.92 runs created, 3.63 RC/25 outs)
Brandon Snyder (.212/.235/.455/.690, 3.66 runs created, 3.52 RC/25 outs)
Daniel Nava (.256/.328/.342/.670, 12.76 runs created, 3.47 RC/25 outs)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.231/.311/.333/.644, 12.48 runs created, 3.39 RC/25 outs)
Dustin Pedroia (.245/.308/.344/.651, 17.10 runs created, 3.21 RC/25 outs)
Jose Iglesias (.263/.306/.314/.620, 12.77 runs created, 3.01 RC/25 outs)