Jake Peavy traded to Red Sox; White Sox get Tigers’ Avisail Garcia, prospects
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 30, 2013 10:05PM
TERMS OF THE DEAL
To White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia, IF Cleulius Rondon & pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken.
To Red Sox: RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Brayan Villarreal.
To Tigers: SS Jose Iglesias.
THE NEW WHITE SOX
Here are details on the prospects the White Sox received:
◆ Garcia, 22, is a career .269 hitter (35-130) with three home runs and 13 RBI over 53 major league games with Tigers from 2012-13.
◆ Montas, 20, is 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA and 96 strikeouts over 19 games (18 starts) with Class A Greenville.
◆ Rondon, 19, is hitting .276 with one home run, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored in 37 games with Class A Lowell. He is a switch hitting shortstop and second baseman.
◆ Wendelken, 20, is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA over 65 innings. He has 10 saves and 54 strikeouts over 27 relief appearances with Greenville this season.
Updated: July 31, 2013 12:46AM
CLEVELAND — The White Sox completed a three-way trade Tuesday night that sent right-hander Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox and brought them Detroit Tigers Class AAA outfielder Avisail Garcia and three lesser minor-league prospects in return.
The Sox will get the five-tool Garcia, the Tigers’ second-rated prospect, and infielder Cleulius Rondon and pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from the Red Sox.
Garcia is the key piece for the White Sox. The 6-4, 240-pound right-handed-hitting Venezuelan is batting .380 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored in 39 games combined this season between Class AAA Toledo and Class A Lakeland. He also had a .424 on-base and .561 slugging percentage between the two stops. He started the season on the disabled list with a bruised right heel and appeared in six games with Lakeland on a rehab assignment.
He will be assigned to Class AAA Charlotte.
“Garcia is a very young, five-tool player who already has spent time in the major leagues,” Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “Our scouts are extremely optimistic about his future and view him as a potential impact talent for many years to come.”
The Tigers are protecting themselves against a potential suspension of shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the ongoing Biogenesis investigation.
The deal was the first between the White Sox and the AL Central-rival Tigers since Sox executive vice president Ken Williams was traded to Detroit in 1989.
The Peavy trade, which follows deals of veteran relief pitchers Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton, is an important step toward rebuilding a thin farm system for a franchise that is 45-75 since Sept. 17, a dreadful .375 winning percentage. Plus, the Red Sox picked up the remaining $20 million on Peavy’s contract, which expires after next season.
“We cannot say enough about Jake’s intensity, effort, approach to the game and clubhouse leadership during his five seasons with the White Sox,” Hahn said in a statement. “Jake is a veteran competitor who makes his team better every day, not just when he takes the ball.”