Re: The Amazing Jose Iglesias
posted at 8/13/2013 3:09 PM EDT
The way good trades work is to not trade 23 year old shortstops , who have the ability of Iglesias , for 32 year old , oft injured pitchers, with an ERA of 4.5 . That is recipe for failure and regret. Simple logic will tell you that Iglesias can only get better, while Peavy has already seen his best days.
I hated losing Iggy. I've been a huge Iggy fan for years. I never cared about Iggy's offense. His defense alone was good enough for me, and any offense was just a plus.
That being said, Peavy did have some great years long ago, but he's been pretty darn good recently.
2012-2013: There are 155 MLB pithcers with 130+ IP
WHIP: Peavy ranks 16th at 1.11 (Tied with Felix & Kuroda)
ERA-: Peavy ranks 42nd at 88 (Ahead of Garza & Greinke)
SIERA: Peavy is 36th at 3.64 (Ahead of Cain & Kuroda)
These are his last 2 season's combined rankings at ages 31-32.
Innings pitched? Only 60 MLB have over 300 IP since the start of 2012, and Peavy is one.
He's 26th in WAR at 5.6 (just 0.1 behind Bumgarner), 13th in WHIP, & 24th in ERA- .
I would not have made this trade, but Peavy may be a bit better than you give him credit for, and he was not a 2 month rental.