Jake Peavy's Duck Boat ride in Boston is over.
The Red Sox have agreed to trade Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for two minor-league pitchers. Peavy was scheduled to pitch for the last-place Red Sox Sunday at Tampa Bay.
The Red Sox lost 6-4 in St. Petersburg Friday, a loss that pushed them further into "selling" territory. The defending World Series champions are now three full games behind Tampa Bay for last place in the A.L. East.
Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) was acquired by the Red Sox in 2013 as part of a three-team trade-deadline deal from Chicago that included Jose Iglesias. He was acquired to give the Red Sox a stable, veteran arm for Boston's playoff run. It's role he will be replicating in San Francisco as the Giants, currently a half-game ahead of Los Angeles in the N.L. West, recently lost pitcher Matt Cain to the DL. Peavy's pitching has improved as of late, even though he's gone 15 straight starts without a win. The move back to the National League West should help. Peavy, who pitched for the Padres, is 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA lifetime vs. the Dodgers.
So what does Boston get in return? The Giants, pending approval from the Commissioner's Office, will send Class AAA pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Red Sox. In 41 relief appearances, Hembree, 25, has a 3.89 ERA. Escobar, 22, is 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 20 starts for Class AAA Fresno. Before the season, Escobar was ranked No. 2 in the Giants farm system and Hembree was ranked seventh-best.
Perhaps the most notable part of Peavy's stay with the Red Sox was the purchase of the Duck Boat he rode in the Red Sox World Series victory parade last November.
Peavy paid $75,000 for the Duck Boat and has used it at his Alabama ranch to entertain guests, including his now former Red Sox teammates. He even had the boat painted with Red Sox colors and the World Series trophy in the spring. No word on how the boat will handle in the choppy waters of McCovey Cove.
During the spring, Peavy told WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" show that the 2013 Red Sox represented a group of players who were "a dying breed." Given Peavy's departure and the Boston's firm hold on last place, it seems all the chemistry, camaraderie and beards of 2013 occured about 2013 years ago.
The deal reunites Peavy with his former manager in San Diego, Bruce Bochy, who is now manager of the Giants. Peavy, a three-time All-Star, won the N.L. Cy Young award in 2007.
Although they are in last place, the Red Sox appear on paper to have an over-abundance of starting pitching. Allen Webster, who was part of the infamous 2012 Organ Transplant/Trade with the Dodgers, will get Peavy's starting spot in St. Pete on Sunday. Meanwhile, Peavy will be back in the heat of the N.L. West pennant race Sunday night pitching against the Dodgers in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
Meanwhile, Red Sox fans will have all that was 2013 and Peavy's unique personality to remember:
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