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Roto Roundup: Jake Peavy, Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Pierzynski

Jason rounds up some of the key items from yesterday's games, including the Jake Peavy trade.

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Jake Peavy Back to NL West

The Red Sox had been rumored to move starting pitcher Jake Peavy for a few weeks now, and the news came down early Saturday morning that he had been dealt to the Giants for Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Peavy will start Sunday, and realistically might be telling us a little more about the status of injured starter Matt Cain. The move is likely a good one for Peavy's fantasy value, although I think he might still be more of a matchup play than an every-turn must-start as a result.

The Red Sox will call up Allen Webster to take Peavy's turn in the rotation Sunday as well, and should be in line for a long look as the team determines what they will do next year in the rotation. It also would not surprise me to see the team try to trade John Lackey and even potentially Jon Lester if it will make the 2015 team better.

Clayton Kershaw With Another Dominant Performance

The Dodgers took over the NL West lead yesterday on the strength of Kershaw's excellent start. He went the distance, striking out seven and allowing just three baserunners en route to the victory. At this point, Kershaw is now down to a 1.76 ERA, with 12 wins and a ridiculous 141 strikeouts in just 112 innings pitched. He isn't there  yet, but it's possible he ends up as the top starting pitcher overall despite missing nearly a month of the season, and well on his way toward another Cy Young award.

A.J. Pierzynski Joins Cardinals, Removes Suitor for Kurt Suzuki

The Cardinals have been searching for catching help after losing Yadier Molina to injury, and had been rumored to have interest in Twins' catcher Kurt Suzuki. However, it appears that window has closed for the Twins, as the Cardinals signed A.J. Pierzynski, and promptly plugged him into the starting lineup yesterday against the Cubs. It apparently suits him well, as he went out with a three-hit game in his team debut. He's worth another look if you're in a deep catching league (20+ starters), but otherwise not worth a whole lot.

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