Here’s the update on Matt Cain: The Giants traded for Jake Peavy. The rest, you can fill in.
As part of their latest search for operative bodies, the Giants reached out to Boston for Peavy, the veteran right-handed starter who hasn’t won a game since April and has allowed 20 homers in 20 starts.
The cost was minor league pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, both of whom had been considered high Giants prospects but whom had sunk in the team’s estimation over the last year to 18 months.
Peavy, who will start Sunday against Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, was to arrive in San Francisco later Saturday evening. The main point, though, is that without the depressing prognosis on Cain (“He’s just hit a dormant stage and there isn’t a lot of progress,” general manager Brian Sabean said), the Peavy deal would not have been done.
And even then it took some late wrangling over the amount of salary Boston would retain; ultimately, the Giants will split Peavy’s remaining $5 million from a total cost of $14.5 million. There is a player option for 2015, but it won’t vest because he wouldn’t have pitched 400 innings in the last two seasons (he is currently at 268 with roughly 12 starts left).
In addition, the Giants put catcher Hector Sanchez on the seven-day concussion list and called up highly touted prospect Andrew Susac from Fresno. Manager Bruce Bochy said Susac will probably catch one game a week, and hadn’t yet decided whether he will become Tim Lincecum’s new personal catcher.
He hit .268 with 10 homers and 32 RBI in Fresno, and is probably the heir apparent to Buster Posey if Posey goes to another position.
As for Escobar and Hembree, they had lost ground to other pitchers in the Giants’ system both because of injury and performance, to the point where they were passed over when the Giants were looking for help earlier in the year. One of those pitchers, Yusmeiro Petit, loses his place in the rotation to Peavy.
There is no new development on either Brandon Belt (concussion) or Angel Pagan (bulging disk in his back), but the Giants have enough new injuries to cope with so that Belt and Pagan are now lesser concerns. But that may change by night’s end, with the Giants trying to solve both Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw and the clutches of team trainer Dave Groeschner.