Jake Peavy About to Land In Chicago?
By Benjy Lipsman in News on May 21, 2009 3:40PM
There is once again a good deal of speculation that San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy may be on his way to Chicago... only the latest rumors involve his landing on the South Side. The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting this morning that the White Sox have proposed a four-player trade that would slot the Padres ace into the Sox rotation. Among those expected to be sent to San Diego are pitchers Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda, but top prospect Gordon Beckham would not be part of the deal.
We're not surprised by the sense of urgency displayed by GM Kenny Williams in reaching out to San Diego. Gavin Floyd has regressed this year and Jose Contreras -- while bouncing back from an injury that should have kept him in the dugout until mid-season -- had been ineffective and was recently sent to the minors to work on his control. If the Sox have any hopes for turning around what's been a disappointing season, they need to bolster their pitching staff quickly.
And while Peavy is certainly a costly acquisition, his deal wouldn't break the bank for the Sox. Making $11 million this year, that's about the same as they'd have paid Javier Vazquez if he'd remained with the team. Peavy's contract escalates in future years, but the Sox have plenty of payroll flexibility with players like Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye and Contreras in the final years of their deals.
From the sound of things, Peavy himself may be the only thing holding up this deal. Because of his no-trade clause, he has the right to veto any trade. Is he willing to play in Chicago at the Cell instead of Wrigley? He's stated his strong preference for remaining in the National League. Perhaps he should think things over during a round of batting practice.