Jake Peavy Era a Failure for the White Sox

Jake Peavy Era a Failure for the White Sox
The Sox recent trade of Jake Peavy to Boston ended an era that was ultimately filled with disappointment and injuries.

The White Sox recent trade of Jake Peavy to Boston ended four years of frustration in a White Sox uniform. He finished 36-29 with a 4.00 ERA. They acquired him from San Diego at the trade deadline in 2009 for pitchers Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.

The White Sox traded for Peavy to be a top of the rotation starter. They were coming off a division title in 2008. With Mark Buehrle and young starters Gavin Floyd and John Danks firmly entrenched in the rotation, the addition of Peavy gave the White Sox a championship caliber rotation.  They finished third as a team in both 2008 and 2009. The addition of Peavy was to enhance the rotation, not to make it.

Richard was the only player the White Sox traded to become a quality major leaguer. Poreda hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009, Carter never made it above AA and Russell has spent most of the time since the trade in AAA.

Peavy's tenure in Chicago was plagued by injuries. The White Sox acquired Peavy while he was on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his ankle. He didn't make his debut until September 19. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs, all earned, three hits and walked two a struck out five.

He got off to a rough start in the first two months of 2010. He was 4-4 with a 6.23 ERA through the end of May. He became the pitcher the White Sox expected in June of that year. Peavy went 3-2 with a 1.75 ERA during that month. He injured his latissimus dorsi in his arm and missed the second half of the season.

He became first pitcher to ever come back from tendon surgery in his elbow.He had his worst season in 2011.  He finished the season 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA and 1.26 WHIP (the highest since 2003).

He turned it around in 2012 and made the All-Star team. Peavy's first half 7-5 record belied his stats. He had a 2.85 ERA, 108 strikeouts and just 26 walks, and a 0.99 WHIP  in 120 innings.

He fell off a bit in the second half as the White Sox collapsed in the final two weeks of the season. The White Sox took a three game lead over the Tigers with 16 days left after a 5-4 rain make-up victory over Detroit.

Peavy finished the second half 4-7 with a 4.00 ERA. His WHIP rose to 1.22 and his batting average against to .258 from .213.

The White Sox finished the season with 11 losses in their last 15 games, three games back of Detroit in the American League Central.

With the White Sox sitting at 40-63 on Tuesday, General Manager Rick Hahn had no choice but to move the 2007 National League Cy Young Award Winner .

In return the White Sox get outfielder Avisail Garcia from Detroit, minor league infield Cleulius Rondon and minor league pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffrey Wendelken from Boston.

Garcia is the player with the highest upside. His is considered a five tool player and was a huge contributor during the Tigers 2012 playoff run. He crushed the Yankees in the Tigers four game sweep in the 2012 ALCS. The Venezuelan hit .455 with three rbi's.

Ultimately, Peavy never could live up to the player he was expected to be when the White Sox acquired him. He was a number three starter at best who was frequently plagued by injuries. He missed the vast majority of the second half in 2009 and all the of the second half of 2010. He only pitched a full season in 2012.

Before he left, Peavy bid farewell to White Sox fans on Twitter.

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