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Red Sox acquire Brad Peacock from Cleveland

They give up cash.

Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

The Red Sox have been at work all month trying to acquire more pitching depth at Triple-A, acquiring Álex Claudio in a minor trade earlier in the month and more recently signing Michael Feliz to a minor-league deal. They have made another minor trade on Monday, acquiring Brad Peacock from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations. The team announced the trade Monday afternoon.

Peacock, now in his age-33 season, had a nice run there for a few years earlier in his career for the Astros, serving as a swingman from 2016-2018 and posting ERA’s of 3.69 or less with every year. More recently things have gone downhill, and he has not pitched in the majors this season.

Instead, the righty has been pitching mostly as a starter in Triple-A. Over 11 appearances, 10 of which came as a starter, he has pitched to a 7.68 ERA over 34 innings of work. He does have 38 strikeouts, but he’s also walked 14 and given up six homers. The plan likely isn’t for Peacock to play any sort of major role for the Red Sox, but he adds another break in case of emergency option for a team with growing bullpen issues and a COVID issue that is starting to seep into the pitching staff.