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BOSTON -- The exhaustive search for a proven starting pitcher wound up a successful mission for the Red Sox as general manager Ben Cherington reeled in right-hander Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-team, seven-player deal late Tuesday night.
To pry Peavy away from the White Sox, the Red Sox also had to include the Tigers. Jose Iglesias, who started at third base for Boston on Tuesday only to be removed in the ninth inning once the deal seemed probable, is headed to Detroit.
The trade was completed with a little time to spare before Wednesday`s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Trailing the Rays by a half-game in the American League East, Cherington hopes Peavy can aid the final push for Boston`s attempt at its first postseason berth since 2009.
"We`re really excited to bring Jake here," said Cherington. "He`s obviously a proven Major League starter. He`s had a ton of success in his career. And I think if there`s one thing we wanted to do -- if we could pull it off -- is to add a starting pitcher. As we looked at the next two months, we`re in position to compete for a playoff spot and we just felt like adding a starting pitcher was probably the most important thing we could do to protect our chances to do that."
Boston also landed Detroit right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal, who will report to Triple-A Pawtucket. Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired in the deal, was then sent to the White Sox.
The Red Sox also sent Minor League right-handers J.B. Wendelken and Francelis Montas and Minor League infielder Cleuluis Rondon to the White Sox.
Peavy gives the Red Sox another proven arm in the rotation at a time when Clay Buchholz remains out with a right bursa sac strain.
Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 8, and he is likely three to four weeks from being activated.