The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for AL Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball’s Biogenesis drug investigation. Iglesias also can play second and third.
Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was considered the best starting pitcher on the market ahead of Wednesday’s non-waiver deadline.
With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list with a shoulder problem, the move gives Boston another proven starter for the stretch run in the tough AL East. It also could strengthen the bullpen if the Red Sox decide to return rookie Brandon Workman to a relief role if Buchholz comes back.
The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They shipped Iglesias to Detroit and three minor leaguers to the White Sox as part of the trade.
Chicago also received prized prospect Avisail Garcia. Garcia, who turned 22 in June, hit .374 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 33 games for Triple-A Toledo.
The outfielder, who was the Tigers’ minor league player of the year last season, was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Baltimore is looking for another starting pitcher, the Astros Bud Norris is already in Baltimore and may stay there if a deal can be worked out. The Birds are also kicking the tires on the Twins Morneau and Seattle firstbaseman/outfielder Michael Morse. Meanwhile, the The Yankees have contacted the Angels about third baseman Alberto Callaspo.