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What Red Sox gave up for Jake Peavy: Breaking down prospect package

07.31.13 at 2:01 am ET
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Right-hander Francellis Montas went to the White Sox in Tuesday's trade. (Darrell Snow/Greenville Drive)

Right-hander Francellis Montas went to the White Sox in Tuesday’s trade. (Darrell Snow/Greenville Drive)

At what cost Jake Peavy (and Brayan Villarreal)?

The Red Sox made a bold move to acquire one of the top starters on the market, and perhaps the best one who is under team control for multiple years. So, what was the price?

Foremost, of course, was shortstop/third baseman Jose Iglesias. Iglesias was pulled in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 8-2 Red Sox win over the Mariners for defensive replacement Brandon Snyder. He went 1-for-3 on Tuesday, and while he has struggled considerably in recent weeks, the 23-year-old proved a huge contributor for the Sox this year, at one point recording an 18-game hitting streak and a run of 27 straight games on base while hitting .411/.458/.532 through the Fourth of July.

But starting with a West Coast road trip, he cooled considerably over the subsequent 21 games leading up to the trade, hitting .176/.215/.176 during that stretch and raising questions about whether he could remain in an everyday big league role. Still, he’s hitting .330 with a .376 OBP and .409 slugging mark, a performance that is little short of extraordinary given his minor league track record and the impact that it allowed him to have in combination with his dazzling defense at third and short. He affords the Tigers insurance if they should lose their starting shortstop, Jhonny Peralta, to suspension for his connection to Biogenesis.

As considerable as Iglesias’ contributions had been, he faced an uncertain long-term role with the Sox. With Xander Bogaerts pushing towards the big leagues as a shortstop or third baseman, Will Middlebrooks likewise in Pawtucket, Garin Cecchini enjoying a spectacular season in High-A Salem and Double-A Portland and Deven Marrero looking like a solid future big league shortstop in his first full pro season (spent in High-A Salem), there were questions as to whether the Sox would commit to Iglesias for the long haul given the questions about his bat (and despite his jaw-dropping defensive capabilities). Put another way, the team felt it had surplus from which to deal the defensive wonder.

“Certainly didn’t go into this July looking or expecting to trade Jose, but we felt like given the strength at that position in the organization — with Stephen Drew obviously our everyday shortstop in Boston right now and the guys we had coming behind him in the minor leagues — that it was an area of relative strength to deal from,” said Sox GM Ben Cherington. “If we could get the starting pitcher that we really wanted, ultimately we thought that it made sense to do the deal.”

Rondon, 19, was hitting .277 with a .328 OBP, .353 slugging mark and five steals in 36 games as a shortstop and second baseman with Lowell. He’s athletic and a strong defender, but his limited offensive projection suggests someone with the profile of a future big league utility player rather than a starter.

Montas, 20, is the hardest thrower in the Red Sox system, regularly touching the high-90s and even 100 with a power fastball and, at times, a wipeout slider for Single-A Greenville. However, because of his up-and-down control and lack of a third pitch, he projects as a future reliever. He was 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA, 10.1 strikeouts per nine and 3.4 walks per nine in the South Atlantic League.

Wendelken, 20, has a chance to make the most impact of any of the three lower levels prospects. He was a nice find for the Red Sox in the 13th round of the 2012 draft, emerging as a South Atlantic League All-Star this year in his first pro season (after signing last year for $100,000).

The 20-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA, 7.6 strikeouts per nine and 2.8 walks per nine in 64 innings spanning 26 relief appearances in Greenville. He’s worked solely out of the bullpen for Greenville, though there have been times that he’s shown a three-pitch mix that suggested the potential to start.

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