The Boston Red Sox have acquired Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that also sent shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to Detroit Tigers.
The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for A.L. Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball’s Biogenesis drug investigation.
Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The 2007 N.L. Cy Young Award winner was considered the best starting pitcher on the market ahead of today’s non-waiver deadline.
With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list with a shoulder problem, the move gives Boston another proven starter for the stretch run in the tough A.L. East.
The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They sent three minor leaguers to the White Sox as part of the deal.
In another trade, Oakland acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Grant Green.
Callaspo was hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs entering Tuesday. He will likely play second base for the A’s because Oakland has Josh Donaldson at third base. Callaspo last played second in 2010.
Green was the A’s first-round draft pick in 2009.
Clearing the bases
The Dodgers have signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract. The three-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since April 12, 2012, the same month he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. … The Braves have placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis. He has a .355 batting average as a pinch hitter. … Joe Mauer is back in the lineup for the Twins after missing six games to welcome his twin girls into the world. … Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo left Tuesday’s game against the Cubs because of a hamstring injury. … The Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera. … Lance Berkman expects to know soon whether he will play again this season for the Texas Rangers, or retire. The 37-year-old designated hitter with surgically repaired knees has been on the disabled list since July 7 with left hip inflammation. Astros pitcher Bud Norris has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday. The right-hander has been the topic of a trade.
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