Did Dave Dombrowski Make The Right Move?

The trade deadline came and went yesterday. As the clock struck 4pm on July 31st, Red Sox Nation learned that Boston didn’t participate in the trade deadline. While teams like Tampa Bay and Houston were dealing, Boston was silent. The question is, did Dave Dombrowski make the right move?

While the Red Sox were tied to many trade rumors, none of them panned out. As thedombrowski make clock ran down, it was obvious that many top performers were heading to other teams. For example, pitchers like Shane Greene and Mike Leake were traded to contending teams. Some of the players that Boston had on their radar stayed with their current teams. The Mets and Blue Jays held onto closers, Edwin Diaz and Ken Giles yesterday.

Did Dave Dombrowski Make The Right Move at the Deadline?

At 4:01pm, when it was evident that the Red Sox weren’t participating in the trade deadline, President Dave Dombroski held a press conference. “We had an opportunity to make a lot of trades, if we wanted to,” Dombrowski stated to reporters on Wednesday prior to the Red Sox game against the Rays. However, the question of did Dave Dombrowski make the right move by not trading anyone is still something that needs to be answered.

The players that Dombrowski offered weren’t enough, and teams wanted more for their better players. Some of these names included Andrew Benintendi and Michael Chavis. Yet, Boston stayed put.

Did Dave Dombrowski make the right move by not making one at all? It was pretty evident on Wednesday night, when Boston lost their third straight game, moving further down the standings. While Dombrowski made some good points at the press conference, many are still questioning his motives.

The Trade Deadline Around The League

While Dave Dombrowski was silent at the deadline, other teams were wheeling and dealing. The most notable trade was the one made by the Diamondbacks, as they traded All Star Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros. The Astros made a big splash yesterday, not only acquiring Greinke, but also getting Aaron Sanchez from Toronto, and Martin Maldonado from the Cubs.

A few former Red Sox pitchers were traded as well. Drew Pomeranz was traded from the Giants to the Brewers, while Roenis Elias went from the Mariners to the Nationals. Pomeranz was set to possibly pitch against the Red Sox in September. Now, it looks like the reunion will have to wait.

For the past few days, many teams were out trading to stack their rosters. Another notable trade was the three team deal that sent Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati and Yasiel Puig to Cleveland. San Diego was in on the trade as well, acquiring outfield prospect Taylor Trammel.

What Does This Mean For Boston?

After a surge that saw the Red Sox go 3-1 against the Yankees, nothing has gone right for Boston. Right now, they are 0-2 against the Rays, and are 2.5 games out of the wild card. At 10-5, Andrew Cashner looks to win his second straight Red Sox start tonight against Tampa Bay.

There are different ways to look into yesterday’s trade deadline. Only time can tell with this strategy. While there is only one deadline this season, it can turn in Boston’s favor down the road. Other teams, such as the Yankees and Cardinals didn’t make moves either. While the Yankees are in first place in the AL East, the Cardinals are tied for first with the Cubs.

Did Dombrowski and Company make the right move? We’ll see as the rest of the season continues on. While many would have loved to have seen a new arm in the bullpen or rotation, one can only wonder what the off season will look like.

Poor Performance by Jake Peavy Was Inevitable

Jake PeavyIt was nearly a year ago when the Boston Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy in a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox were unsure about Clay Buchholz’s health, so they acquired the former Cy Young Award Winner for the stretch-run. Cashing in on Jose Iglesias’ aberration year worked wonders as Peavy was a crucial piece to the Red Sox’ World Series run. Yet, at least to me, it seemed the emotional right-handed pitcher was the recipient of quite a bit of luck.

He didn’t strike guys out at the rate he used to, his extremely high fly ball rate shouldn’t have transitioned well to the hitter-friendly confines of Fenway Park, and his BABIP was unsustainable. He threw all that out the window, and pitched splendidly in the second-half with Boston despite a horrible 6.26 K/9 and 2.64 BB/9, an even more unsustainable BABIP at .256, and an odd 6.6 HR/FB ratio considering his move to Fenway.

Peavy required a whole lot of luck to attain a mediocre 4.04 ERA and 3.79 FIP. However, what would happen next year when that luck inevitably ran out? His BABIP would likely deviate closer to his career .284 BABIP and so would his HR/FB ratio — actually, probably worse playing half his game in a full season in the not-so-pitcher-friendly Fenway Park.

Fast forward an offseason filled with doubt about Peavy’s 2014 outlook, and we’ve gotten to the point — nearly a year after the trade was made — where the Red Sox had no choice but to trade him and his abysmal 4.72 ERA and 4.81 FIP. In exchange for minor-league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, the San Francisco Giants acquired Jake Peavy Saturday morning.

Moving to AT&T Park should improve Peavy’s pedestrian numbers, but, still, he’s far from his former self. Although I remain a bit puzzled how one of the most Sabermetric-savvy front offices missed Peavy was destined for sharp regression. The Red Sox should have dealt the 33-year-old in the offseason when his value was greater, and watch with a smile as another team had to deal with Peavy’s foreseeable demise.