The Red Sox talking potential trades for a veteran starter sure looks like the start of a selloff, as some have suggested.
Not necessarily. Or at least not yet.
Boston wouldn't mind using talented rookie Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation, and Peavy is currently blocking his path. Additionally, Peavy, a loser of seven straight (though much of that is due to a lack of support) may frankly be better suited to go back to the NL at this stage of his career.
While the defending World Series champs are struggling, and could end up having to conduct a more extensive sale later, word is they aren't yet prepared to give up in a surprisingly unimposing AL East. That could change if the slide continues, but don't expect them to shop stars like Koji Uehara or even pending free agent Jon Lester anytime soon.
Boston could consider isolated deals, though, as in the case of Peavy, who could be rejuvenated back in the NL. Even closer to his prime, Peavy had often been tied to St. Louis, as a town and organization he likes.
The Red Sox could also consider deals for change-of-scenery candidates such as Felix Doubront and Will Middlebrooks -- though, while they've fielded a lot of interest in Middlebrooks they are reluctant to give up on the powerful 25-year-old third baseman.
Pravy's old friend A.J. Pierzynski would seem to be another trade candidate with top catching prospect Christian Vazquez perhaps ready, though it's questionable whether Pierzynski has much of a market during his tough season.