Peavy headlines quiet trade deadline

The MLB trade deadline passed quietly, with only four deals made Wednesday, tied for the fewest on July 31 in the last 10 seasons.

Over the previous five seasons, there has been an average of eight trades made each year on July 31. Last year on July 31, there were 10 trades that included 28 total players.

Who fits best statistically for deals made surrounding this season’s trade deadline?

Most Wins Above Replacement
Red Sox Starters Since 2012

Jake Peavy

By acquiring Peavy, the Boston Red Sox have made it clear that starting pitching is their point of emphasis. The Red Sox rotation ranks third in the American League with a 3.77 ERA this season, a far cry from the 5.19 they posted in 2012.

Peavy looks not only to bolster a strong pitching staff in Boston but could perhaps become its ace. Since the 2012 season, his 6.3 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is higher than any other starter currently on the team.

Alfonso Soriano

While we detailed what Soriano brings to the New York Yankees in an earlier post, it is worth briefly revisiting his impact on the Yankees lineup. He has already provided a spark with a home run and walk-off hit this past Sunday. No right-handed outfielder had homered for the Yankees since Vernon Wells on May 12.

Soriano brings right-handed power to a lineup that is currently tied for last in the major leagues with 26 home runs by righties.

Ian Kennedy

Ian Kennedy, who was traded to the San Diego Padres, hasn’t been the same pitcher since finishing fourth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2011. He posted a 2.88 ERA that season but has a 4.47 ERA since, including 5.23 this season (88th out of 92 qualified starters in MLB)

One of Kennedy’s issues has been, as a fly ball pitcher, he’s prone to giving up the long ball. He’s allowing 1.31 home runs per 9 innings this season, which ranks 75th among qualified starters.

The move from Chase Field to PETCO Park should help keep those fly balls in the yard. PETCO is tied for the fourth-friendliest pitcher’s park this season, according to FanGraphs. Arizona’s Chase Field, by comparison, is tied for the third-friendliest hitter’s park.

The Padres are hoping Kennedy will be as successful pitching for them at PETCO as he has been as a visitor in the past. He’s 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts at the park, his second lowest ERA of any park in which he’s made at least three starts.