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Buster Olney on M&M: Jake Peavy acquisition ‘a great trade for Boston’

07.31.13 at 12:40 pm ET
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ESPN’€™s Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to discuss the Red Sox‘ acquisition of Jake Peavy and if there are any more moves coming for the Red Sox as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

The Red Sox were involved in the biggest splash so far when they traded Jose Iglesias and three other lower-level prospects in a three-team deal that landed them Jake Peavy. According to Olney, Peavy is worth the price the Red Sox paid.

‘€œI thought it was a great deal for them,’€ Olney said. ‘€œFor the Red Sox, as we talked about, he was perfect. He is perfect for the market. If you tried to sign a pitcher like him in the free agent market he would cost you $75 million in terms of having to make a long-term obligation ‘€” he is not extended for too long. He is a nice fill-in, given the cracks that they have had in their rotation and their pitching staff.

‘€œI think besides Iglesias, based on what I have heard from other teams, the lower-level guys are kind of lottery tickets. So there wasn’€™t anything that the Red Sox gave up besides Iglesias where you would say, ‘€˜Oh, boy, that one really hurts.’€™ It was a great trade for Boston.’€

Olney said that while some teams had some concern over Peavy’€™s health, as he just recently came off the disabled list and had experimental surgery in 2010 to repair a detached latissimus muscle, Peavy is feeling healthy right now.

‘€œI think if his remaining contract had been on for two or three more years, it might have been an issue where teams might have said, ‘€˜That might be a little bit too far out,’€™ ‘€ Olney said. ‘€œBut I will tell you that ‘€” and I have had many conversations with Jake ‘€” since he came back from that surgery, his arm is totally fine in his mind, and that is reflected when you watch him pitch. In the two starts he has had since he came off the disabled list, he has had tremendous movement on his fastball. It is not what it was when he was in San Diego, but it is really good.’€

As for what the Red Sox could be doing as the deadline approaches, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Michael Young changed his mind Wednesday and would waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston. Olney said that Young would have been open to a deal with the Red Sox before Wednesday, though.

‘€œBasically, Michael Young wasn’€™t telling the Phillies he wouldn’€™t accept, he was using his no-trade ‘€” he has been using his no-trade to go down a pecking order,’€ Olney said. ‘€œNumber one, he wanted to go back to Texas. When that couldn’€™t happen, number two he wanted to go to the Red Sox. We will see if the Red Sox can work out some sort of deal with the Phillies. If that didn’€™t happen, then he was going to be open to other teams. All along it was not him saying, ‘I don’€™t want to be traded,’ it is him saying, ‘I want to steer myself to the exact right situation for me.’ ‘€

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei/com/redsox.

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