According to Gordon Edes and Jayson Stark, the St. Louis Cardinals have contacted the Boston Red Sox regarding starting pitcher Jake Peavy. If the Sox are smart, they work out a deal for the veteran starter, but for who?
If Jeff Luhnow was in the front office at Fenway, he would be asking for Oscar Taveras in return for Peavy. Taveras, however, is not going to be traded, at least not for somebody like Jake Peavy. So should Cherington even bother inquiring about the Cardinals' top prospect? Why not. If the Cardinals do not shut the door on the idea, I'm sure they would require John Lackey or Jon Lester, two more arms the team should consider trading, in return. That being said, I do not see the Cardinals moving Taveras.
A more reasonable and likely return for Peavy would be 23 year old outfielder Stephen Piscotty. I would be surprised if the Sox did not start negotiations with Piscotty. He is one of the best hitting prospects in the Cardinals' minor league system and plays a position the Red Sox are in desperate need of, especially since there is no true solution on the way through the Boston system. Piscotty has hit .298 in the minor leagues and has raw power potential. He has started to show more power while continuing to maintain the same average.
The Cardinals could even be reluctant to give up Piscotty given that Peavy would only be a rental and is the owner of a 4.64 ERA. If they do not want to give up a prospect of Piscotty's caliber, the Sox only need to look a few spots lower on the Cardinals' prospect list to find another outfielder worth asking for.
Randal Grichuk was drafted the pick before Mike Trout by the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim and was traded to the Cardinals in the deal that brought Peter Bourjos to St. Louis. There is no denying the power of Grichuk. He has 14 home runs through 61 games in 2014 and hit 18 and 22 in each of the previous two seasons, while hitting at .284 over the coarse of his minor league career. Not only can he hit, he was a Gold Glove winner in 2013, playing in right field for the majority of the season. If the Cardinals play hardball ` Piscotty, the Red Sox should happily settle for Grichuk.
The Cardinals are in serious need of a starter, with Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia both sidelined due to injures, and can spare one of their top outfield prospects, something the Red Sox should take advantage of.
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