Rumors of a Jake Peavy trade escalated quickly on Twitter this hour, with both Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney suggesting something is close between the Red Sox and White Sox, after Jon Heyman said serious talks were happening. Medical records are being reviewed, per Olney, and Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias was pulled under curious circumstances in the Red Sox game late tonight. Given the Red Sox’s left side infield depth, you could certainly see how Iglesias could be dealt.
It’s hard to project how a big deal like Peavy to the Red Sox can shift the landscape on other trades. No, there isn’t any obvious direct impact (the Red Sox aren’t really in on any Cubs targets, and the Cubs don’t really have a comparable piece to offer at this point). But, just by way of example, perhaps losing out of Peavy forces the Diamondbacks to move on to a backup plan – grabbing a bullpen arm like James Russell, again, for example (and making other moves).
Big moves tend to force big shifts. We’ll see.
UPDATE: David Schuster says it’s happening, with Peavy (and maybe others) going to Red Sox for Iglesias and others. The deal won’t be announced until tomorrow, according to Schuster.
UPDATE 2 (9:45pm CT): Jon Heyman also says it’s a done deal, though the players are unknown.
UPDATE 3 (9:47pm CT): Oh my. WEEI is reporting that this could be a three-way deal involving the Tigers. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is not in the deal, per WEEI. If the Tigers pick up another reliever in this deal, then they’re definitely out on Gregg or Russell, who they may have been still scouting this week (even after picking up Jose Veras). Could also be that the Tigers are looking to pick up an infielder as Jhonny Peralta suspension insurance.
UPDATE 4 (9:49pm CT): And Danny Knobler says it looks like Iglesias is actually going to the Tigers (which tells me they know Peralta is going to be suspended).
UPDATE 5 (9:51pm CT): A number of folks are speculating that Tigers outfield prospect Avisail Garcia could be going to the White Sox, which would be a very nice first piece in a Peavy return. Garcia was pulled earlier tonight in his game at AAA.
UPDATE 6 (9:58pm CT): I suppose the other possible implication here is that, if the Diamondbacks’ shopping of Ian Kennedy (see Cubs-related post here) was predicated on a desire to shed salary in advance of taking on Peavy’s contract, they now may stop shopping Kennedy.
UPDATE 7 (10:29pm CT): The White Sox are also getting three low-level prospects from the Red Sox, per Jon Heyman. The Red Sox are also reportedly getting reliever Brayan Villareal from the Tigers.