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Monday, July 22, 2013
Does Garza move mean Peavy's next?

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy could end up being the next pitcher to be traded now that the Chicago Cubs moved Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers.

Peavy said Monday that he only puts thought into being traded when he’s asked about it, but acknowledged that the Garza trade news makes his possibility of being moved more of a reality.

“Me knowing what I know about baseball and just thinking about leverage and stuff, you think Garza is probably the biggest name out there so to speak,” Peavy said. “You would think other teams would wait until that to set the market. That’s what my mind, my general manager mind (thinks).”


The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are two teams that are rumored to be interested in Peavy, who won a Cy Young Award in the National League in 2007.

Peavy has made just one start since returning from the disabled list because of a fractured rib, but was solid Saturday while giving up just two earned runs (four total) in six innings. He could still make two more showcase starts with the White Sox before potentially being dealt by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

If the Cubs’ return on their trade is any indication, the package for Peavy could be solid. Garza’s contract expires at the end of the season and there is no guarantee the Rangers will keep him beyond 2013.

Despite that uncertainty, the Cubs still landed a solid third-base prospect in Mike Olt and pitching prospects Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, not to mention a player to be named later.

Peavy would offer an interested club more certainty since he’s signed through the 2014 season. The right-hander is set to make $14.5 next season. He also has a $15 million option for 2015 that will vest if he pitches a combined 400 innings in 2013 and 2014, but his recent disabled-list stint would make that a tough number to reach.

If Peavy has been crunching the numbers to figure out where he might be headed, he wasn’t admitting it.

“Obviously I hear stuff in passing,” Peavy said when asked if he keeps up to date on trade rumors. “Everybody today, with social media, and you get updates from your phone from SportsCenter and your name is in them, obviously you are going to see that. But at the end of the day I don’t worry about it. It’s not something that consumes any bit of my thought process at all. Like I said, it did when I had a say in the matter. I don’t have any say in the matter.”

Peavy said he didn’t care about having a no-trade clause in the contract he signed this offseason, because he never imagined the White Sox would have played so poorly this year.

“Leaving Chicago, leaving a team you chose to come back to to be with a group of guys, to have a chance to win, to win in this city, to be as close as we were last year to getting in, having a chance to win 11 games and be a world champion, we felt awfully good about where we were coming into this season,” Peavy said. “To not play the way we have has been disappointing but that being said leaving all my buddies and relationships I’ve made over the almost five years I’ve been here would be tough.

“At the same time it would hopefully going to a better position in the standings and have a chance to do what we all as athletes try to do and that’s to be a world champion. Just let the next few days play out. It will be normal for me, I promise you that.”

Peavy was indeed going over the Detroit Tigers scouting report before he was approached for comment. He reiterated that he is putting all his focus into facing the Tigers on Thursday in a matchup against Justin Verlander.

“I’m not going to be caught off guard; I understand there’s a possibility of me being moved,” Peavy said. “You prepare yourself in life that it could happen. Act as if you are oblivious to the matter. But at the same time I have to get ready to pitch against the Detroit Tigers. I have to be all in here and find a way to back Chris Sale tonight and be a good teammate and find a way for us to win today.

“It’s just real black and white for me. That’s the way I go about it.”