In response to moonslav59's comment:
Does the move benefit the team overall, in both the short and long terms? When you consider all the factors, I believe it does.
Short term: probably yes, if Peavy remains healthy for 1.3 years.
Long term: certainly not, unless after 2014 we get a comp pick for Peaavy that is better than Iggy. How can a player signed just to the end of 2014 be a longterm benefit?
Iggy was under team control for 4.3 years. Montas is a good prospect as well although at a low level right now.
This trade did not benefit our team beyond 2014. If Iggy does not become a full time starter by 2015, then the trade may not have hurt longterm, but it certainly cannot "benefit" long term.
Nope. Its for a short term benefit. Given the position we are in, first in the ALE and like most clubs, in need of pitching, it made sense to deal a player where alternatives are available from within the organization. Iggy would have made a fine utility IF in the future, IMO, but I do not like to have guys on my team who cannot hit some as well. Its a guess of course how well Iggy will eventually hit. I think you would be satisfied if he hit around .220 or so with little power-correct me if I am wrong-but for me, thats not good enough. When Ortiz leaves we simply cannot carry black holes on our team; we can barely carry any now.