According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Jake Peavy has agreed to a two-year, 24 million dollar contract with the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The report indicates that Peavy will earn seven million dollars in 2015, thirteen million in 2016 and will receive a four million dollars bonus in an agreement which includes a no-trade clause.
Peavy joined the Giants July 26th, just prior to the trading deadline, and many attribute the Giants’ successful recovery of their mid-season plummet to the fiery former San Diego Padre, who first pitched under Bruce Bochy when he reached the big leagues.
His 6-4 record with the 2.17 ERA in twelve starts, ignited a late-August/September fuse which propelled the Orange and Black not only into the playoffs, but through to the successful conclusion. Though his numbers were not as stellar in the postseason, (1-2/6.19 ERA), without him there may not have been a postseason.
Peavy’s acquisition from Boston, where he had posted a 1-9 record with a 4.72 ERA in twenty starts for the Sox, was vintage Brian Sabean. Again, he scooped up a veteran from a seemingly desolate landscape, and converted him into an instant success through the ongoing chemical process which seems to infuse the Giants’ organization with a steady diet of elements compatible with one another.
Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) and catcher Buster Posey (28) celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The rotation is set and ready for action-ready for danger.
This means that Sabean has now solved the pitching half of the four missing lineup spots, with the left field and third base slots still open.
For all of those naysayers out there who grumbled when the winter meeting closed without anything being accomplished, take a deep breath and relax.
Two down and two to go with plenty of time. This site feels Jake Peavy brings enough passion and camaraderie to the table, to more than compensate for what the higher echelon free agent pitchers might have provided with superior pitching. It’s all a free-for-all, until the playoffs begin and then Giants fans know what to expect.
Scratch a second item off the list and keep on grinding until you get it done, Brian Sabean. Great success!