Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Revisiting the Jake Peavy trade: One Year Later

When Jake Peavy was traded last season, Padre fans everywhere were angry, sad, and confused.  A guy drafted and developed by San Diego, who won two ERA titles, and a Cy Young award in 2007.  I took a different approach, Jake Peavy was a terrible big game pitcher, and spent a lot of time on the DL.  I was excited to see the how the four pitchers the Padres got in return would fair.  So lets take a look at the names that changed teams.

White Sox acquire:  Jake Peavy.  Jake Peavy, perhaps one of the finest pitchers to ever wear a Padres uniform, was supposed to step to the front of the White Sox rotation and give them a 1-2 punch with Mark Buherle.  Peavy struggled this season, started to turn things around, and then went down with an injury to his right arm.  His stats for 2010:  7-6, 4.63 ERA in 107 Innings.

Padres Acquire:  Pitcher Clayton Richard, Pitcher Aaron Poreda, Pitcher Adam Russell, Pitcher Dexter Carter.

When the Padres made this trade, Aaron Poreda was supposed to be the centerpiece of the deal for San Diego.  He was the White Sox top rated prospect, and could hit 100 MPH, a rarity for a southpaw.  However, he has struggled this year in AAA, going 1-1 with a 4.87 ERA in 20.1 innings.  He walks a vomit-inducing 11.7 batters per 9 innings.  If he can harness his control, he could be a future closer.

Clayton Richard jumped right into the rotation after the trade, and did a solid job.  He's been even better this year going 7-5, with a 3.57 ERA.  Looks like Clayton will be a mainstay for years to come, and has become one of my favorites to watch.

Adam Russell, a tall right-handed reliever has struggled in Portland this year, going 3-7 with a 5.80 ERA.  He has actually done a little better in his limited action with the Padres, sporting a 3.72 ERA in 6 games.  Could be a useful middle reliever down the stretch.

Dexter Carter was leading the Minors in strikeouts when he came to the Padres, then fell of the map completely.  In six starts last season, in low A Fort Wayne, Dexter went 1-4 with a 12.86 ERA.  He's followed that up with a 1-4 record with a 6.75 ERA in two levels of A ball.  Looks more like a suspect than a prospect.

Kevin Says:  Padres win this trade so far, since Clayton Richard is a big part of the Padres surprising run for the pennant.  Poreda has struggled this year, but has the talent to be a big part of the future.  If Jake can stay healthy next year, the White Sox will feel much better about this trade.

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