The Red Sox have acquired veteran right-hander Brad Peacock from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations, the club announced earlier Monday evening.
According to MLB.com’s Ian Browne, Peacock will join the Red Sox in St. Petersburg for their four-game series against the Rays that begins on Monday. It is not yet clear when he will be activated.
Boston was able to acquire Peacock from Cleveland even after the July 30 trade deadline on account of the fact that the righty is on a minor-league contract and has not been a 40-man roster at any point this season.
Peacock, 33, initially inked a minor-league pact with the Indians in late June –after throwing a showcase for interested teams earlier that same month — and was promptly assigned to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
Across 11 appearances (10 starts) with the Clippers, Peacock posted a 7.68 ERA and 5.16 xFIP to go along with 38 strikeouts to 14 walks over 34 total innings of work from June 30 through August 27.
In the month of August alone, he put up a much more respectable 4.22 ERA and 4.27 FIP while striking out 30 percent of the batters he faced and walking just 6.7% of them in five starts spanning 21 1/3 innings pitched.
A former 41st-round draft selection of the Washington Nationals out of Palm Beach Central High School back in 2016, Peacock is perhaps best known for the eight seasons he spent with the Houston Astros from 2013-2020.
As a member of Houston’s World Series-winning team in 2017, the Florida native enjoyed a career year in which he pitched to the tune of a 3.00 ERA and 3.07 FIP with 161 strikeouts and 57 walks over 34 total outings — 21 of which were starts — and 132 innings of work.
After working primarily as a reliever out of the Astros’ bullpen in 2018 and again as a hybrid who could start and work in relief in 2019, Peacock was limited to just three appearances last season due to soreness in his throwing shoulder.
That soreness ultimately resulted in Peacock undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery last October, which in turn kept him sidelined through April.
As previously mentioned, though, Peacock was able to land a minors deal with the Indians in June and has seemingly been pitching better at the Triple-A level as of late.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, the veteran hurler operates with a five-pitch mix that consists of a sinker, slider, changeup, curveball, and four-seam fastball, though he primarily relies on his sinker-slider combination, per Baseball Savant.
Seeing how he spent the entirety of the 2017 season with the Astros, Peacock should already be pretty familiar with current Red Sox manager and former Houston bench coach Alex Cora.
On top of that, Peacock becomes the fifth player with big-league experience the Sox have acquired in some capacity (whether by trade or free agency) this month alone, as he joins the likes of relievers Michael Feliz, Alex Claudio, and Jose De Leon as well as outfielder Delino DeShields Jr.
(Picture of Brad Peacock: Tim Warner/Getty Images)