Best San Francisco Giants of the 2010s: 24. Jake Peavy
By Joel Reuter
Veteran Jake Peavy was a game-changing trade deadline pickup for the San Francisco Giants in 2014.
The San Francisco Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox at the 2014 trade deadline in exchange for pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.
A three-time All-Star and the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, Peavy was in the twilight of his career when he was brought aboard to bolster the Giants starting staff for the stretch run.
The 33-year-old had a 4.72 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 20 starts with the Red Sox prior to the trade, and it marked the second consecutive deadline where he was moved after going for the White Sox to the Red Sox the previous summer.
While he had not been a truly elite starter since his days with the San Diego Padres, for two months in San Francisco, he was lights out.
In 12 starts following the trade, Peavy went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 78.2 innings.
He tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in Game 1 of the NLDS to set the tone for another thrilling playoff run.
After short but solid outings in Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the World Series, he was knocked around in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, but it all worked out and he walked away with his second ring.
The Giants brought him back on a two-year, $24 million deal during the offseason and he went 13-15 with a 4.59 ERA while averaging 115 innings over the life of that contract.
The end of that two-year pact marked the end of his 15-year MLB career, and while he didn’t duplicate his 2014 success during the rest of his time with the team, there’s a good chance the San Francisco Giants don’t even make the playoffs without his contributions down the stretch in 2014.
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