The Red Sox have set their rotation for after the All-Star break and it seems designed with a trade in mind. Jake Peavy is not lined up to pitch until July 22 in Toronto. Counting Sunday, that gives the Red Sox nine days to trade the 33-year-old righthander. Brandon Workman, who was optioned to Triple A Pawtucket July 9, would be eligible to return by then. Peavy would seem to have sufficient trade value despite being 1-8 with a 4.59 ERA thanks to his recent outings. Peavy has allowed six earned runs over 19 innings in his last three starts while striking out 19 and walking five. Saturday, Peavy pitched into the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss against the Astros. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out a season-high nine. Peavy has $6 million remaining on his contract and any trade could require the Red Sox to pick up much of that. The Red Sox will start Clay Buchholz on Friday against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park with Rubby De La Rosa and Jon Lester to follow. John Lackey would start at Toronto on July 21 with Peavy going the next day. Manager John Farrell said the rotation was based on matchups and getting Lester and Lackey a little extra rest. But Peavy going last is certainly related to the distinct possibility of a trade.
Rotation set, possibly with trade of Jake Peavy in mind
Boston Globe | Jul 14