Jake Peavy said yes to the Chicago White Sox, and Victor Martinez will take aim at the Green Monster.
Roy Halladay, however, stayed put in Toronto.
Highlighting a flurry of deals finished just before the trade deadline, Peavy was shipped out of San Diego on Friday while Martinez went from the rebuilding Cleveland Indians to a contender in Boston.
“What we’re getting in Victor is a middle-of-the-order, switch-hitting batter who can catch, play first, DH,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “It’s a very valuable piece.”
Scott Rolen, Orlando Cabrera and Nick Johnson were other notable players on the move as teams stocked up for the stretch drive during a busy day that featured 11 trades.
Halladay remained with the fourth-place Blue Jays. After fielding offers for its coveted ace, Toronto decided to retain the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner – at least for now.
“We never really came close at all,” general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. “We were never moved. We listened and we were never moved by a club that made us jump up and say, ‘Wow, this is something that will make us better in the future.’”
The biggest surprise of the day was probably Peavy. Sidelined with an injured ankle, he finally agreed to join the White Sox, who landed him with their second pitch of the season.
“A lot has changed since the first time this came around,” Peavy explained. “In May, we had just won five or six games in a row and had creeped above .500, and Chicago wasn’t really in the shape that they’re in now.”
In May, the Padres and White Sox reached a deal for Peavy, but the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner turned it down. This time, he agreed to waive his no-trade clause and join the pennant race.
The 28-year-old Peavy had spent his entire career with the Padres. He is 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 starts this season but has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right ankle. Williams said the White Sox don’t expect Peavy to pitch until the end of August.
Looking for a big bat to boost the offense, the Red Sox acquired All-Star slugger Martinez for right-hander Justin Masterson and minor league pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price.
The 30-year-old Martinez has split his time at catcher and first base this season. He is batting .284 with 15 home runs.
Boston also sent recently acquired Adam LaRoche and approximately $1.5 million to Atlanta for Casey Kotchman in a swap of left-handed-hitting first basemen. Other deals Friday:
• Rolen was dealt from Toronto to Cincinnati for a package of three players that included fellow third baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Batting .320 with eight homers and 43 RBI, Rolen has one year left on an eight-year, $90 million deal he signed with St. Louis.
• Minnesota made a move to upgrade at shortstop, acquiring Cabrera and cash from Oakland for minor league infielder Tyler Ladendorf.
• Johnson went from last-place Washington to the cost-conscious Marlins, a surprise contender in the NL wild-card race. Florida acquired the first baseman and cash for a pitching prospect, left-hander Aaron Thompson.
• Colorado beefed up its injury-riddled bullpen by obtaining lefty Joe Beimel from the Nationals for two minor league pitchers.
• The New York Yankees shored up their bench, getting versatile Jerry Hairston Jr. from Cincinnati for minor league catcher Chase Weems.
• Milwaukee reacquired reliever Claudio Vargas from the Dodgers for minor league catcher Vinny Rottino.
• Pittsburgh traded minor league right-hander Sean Smith to Toronto for a player to be named or cash.