BOSTON, MA The Boston Red Sox late Tuesday night acquired right-handers Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox and Brayan Villarreal from the Detroit Tigers and sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to Detroit in a three-team, seven-player deal that sent three minor leaguers to Chicago. In the trade, the Red Sox acquired outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit and sent him to Chicago.
The Red Sox sent minor leaguers J.B. Wendelken and Francelis Montas, both right-handed pitchers, and infielder Cleuluis Rondon to the White Sox.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington.
A Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star, Peavy, 32, has gone 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA (38 ER/80.0 IP) in 13 starts this season for the White Sox. He has compiled 76 strikeouts compared to 17 walks in 2013 for a 4.5 strikeout to walk ratio, which entered today as the sixth-highest mark among all American League pitchers with at least 80.0 innings.
Peavy, who has thrown 6.0 or more innings in 10 of his 13 outings this season, spent time on the disabled list this year with a fracture of his left fourth anterior rib. He has won both of his starts since being activated on July 19, victories over the Atlanta Braves on July 20 and Detroit Tigers on July 25.
The Mobile, AL native, who began his career with the San Diego Padres in 2002, was the unanimous National League Cy Young Award winner in 2007 after he led the majors in both ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (240).
Peavy also led the majors in ERA in 2004 (2.27), his second full big league season with San Diego. He is that franchise’s all-time leader in strikeouts (1,348), and ranks in the top five in several other Padres career pitching categories including wins (T-2nd, 92), winning percentage (2nd, .575), starts (3rd, 212), and innings (4th, 1,342.2).
In 45 starts since the beginning of 2012, Peavy has won 19 games and owns a 3.61 ERA. With Chicago last season, he ranked ninth among AL qualifiers with a 3.37 ERA and was named an All-Star for the third time in his career. He also placed among 2012 AL leaders in innings (5th, 219.0), opponent batting average (5th, .234), and strikeouts (8th, 194), and earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
A 12-year major league veteran, Peavy was originally a 15th-round selection of the Padres in the 1999 June Draft. Over his career, he has a record of 128-97 with a 3.49 ERA (730 ER/1880.1 IP) in 296 big league games (295 starts) between the Padres (2002-09) and White Sox (2009-13). Peavy’s 1,824 career strikeouts rank 11th among active major leaguers.
Peavy’s career average of 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched entered Tuesday as the second-best mark among active pitchers with at least 1,500 career innings, trailing only Johan Santana (8.8). He ranked third among actives with a .235 opponent batting average and fifth with a 1.18 WHIP.
The 26-year-old Villarreal, a native of La Guaira, Venezuela, has fanned 86 batters in 75.0 career major league innings, all in relief with the Tigers over the past three seasons beginning in 2011. In his big league career, he is 4-8 with a 4.56 ERA (38 ER) in 73 appearances. This year he has appeared in seven games for Detroit, going 0-2 while allowing 10 runs in 4.1 innings. He spent most of 2012 in the major leagues, ranking fifth on the Tigers with 50 appearances.
Villarreal has spent the majority of his 2013 campaign with Triple-A Toledo, where he is 2-2 with one save, a 3.15 ERA (12 ER/34.1 IP), and 41 strikeouts compared to 26 walks allowed in 28 relief outings. He has not surrendered a home run at Triple-A all year. The Tigers signed him as an international free agent in 2005.
He had been on the disabled list with Toledo, and was immediately optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he will remain on the DL.
Iglesias, 23, has hit .330 (71-for-215) with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run, 19 RBI, and 27 runs in 63 games with the Red Sox this year, making 34 appearances at third base (33 starts) and 29 at shortstop (27 starts). He leads American League rookies in average, on-base percentage (.376), and hits (71), and earned AL Rookie of the Month honors in June after hitting at a .395 clip in that month.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Iglesias was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on September 8, 2009. He has played in 98 major league games with Boston over the last three seasons, including 61 at shortstop, and has compiled a .280 average (81-for-289) with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 21 RBI, 35 runs and 15 walks.
Wendelken, 20, is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA (20 ER/65.0 IP) and 10 saves for Single-A Greenville. The right-hander has appeared in 27 games for the Drive this season and has 54 strikeouts, 59 hits allowed and 20 walks. He was selected by the Red Sox as their 15th pick (13th round, 421st overall) in the June 2012 draft.
Montas, 20, is 2-9 with a 5.07 ERA (54 ER/85.1 IP) in 19 games, 18 starts, for Single-A Greenville. Signed as an international free agent in 2009, the right-hander has struck out 96 and allowed just 32 walks in 85.1 innings for the Drive.
Rondon, 19, has hit .276 (34-for-123) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, seven walks and 10 RBI in 37 games with Short-A Lowell. He was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2010.
Garcia, 22, is hitting .374 (55-for-147) with seven doubles, a triple, five home runs, 23 RBI, and 23 runs in 33 games for Detroit’s Triple-A Toledo club. He has appeared in 30 games over three stints with the Tigers this year, most recently from June 21-July 4, and has hit .241 (20-for-83) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, 10 RBI, and 12 runs with the big league club. Garcia began the season on the disabled list and also appeared in six rehab games with High-A Lakeland.
Signed by the Tigers as an international free agent on July 6, 2007, Garcia was Detroit’s Minor League Player of the Year last season and has hit .269 (35-for-130) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 RBI, and 19 runs in 53 career major league games. He also played in 12 postseason games last year over the Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series, including going 3-for-4 (.750) with a walk and two RBI as a pinch hitter.