Monday, July 29, 2013
White Sox: No urgency to move Peavy
By Doug Padilla
CLEVELAND -- As the market for Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy begins to cool, general manager Rick Hahn suggested Monday that the team just might be willing to keep the right-hander.
“With any player who is under contract for future seasons, there certainly is no urgency to make a deal now,” Hahn said Monday, less than 48 hours before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. CST non-waiver trade deadline.
“I’m not any under matching orders from (chairman) Jerry (Reinsdorf) or (vice president) Kenny (Williams) to cull payroll at this time. It’s more about doing what’s the best baseball deal now.”
The White Sox say if they don't get the right deal for Jake Peavy, they won't make the trade.
Indications are, and have been for some time, that the White Sox are not interested in picking up a huge chunk of salary in order to move a player. Most teams in discussions about acquiring Peavy are reportedly looking for salary relief from the estimated $19 million the pitcher is owed from now until the end of next season.
Moving Peavy made sense because he could help the starting staff of a contender, especially in the National League, and the White Sox could add to the farm system by dealing from an area of strength.
Chris Sale would be the centerpiece of the rotation moving forward, with pitchers like John Danks, Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago back next year, not to mention a trio of hot pitching prospects in the minor leagues that include Erik Johnson, Andre Rienzo and Scott Snodgress.
Peavy is scheduled to start Tuesday, but the expectation was that he would get traded before taking the mound. Peavy even came on the road trip with extra bags packed in anticipation that he could be moving to a new team.
“I’m here and expect to go out, and unless I hear anything I’ll pitch against Cleveland (Tuesday),” Peavy said. “Obviously we all hear the speculation and know that there’s stuff being talked about. My coaches and general manager are keeping me up to date.
“But as a professional and somebody who is on this team and excited to be at this point and time, I have to be ready for the Indians and I will be.”
While the White Sox have already traded pitchers like Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, the player expected to be moved remains a member of the team.
“When you have a situation like Jesse, who’s a free agent at the end of the year, or Matt Thornton, the urgency to do something prior to the deadline is a little bit greater,” Hahn said. “But for guys controlled in 2014 and beyond, whether we make a move or not is going to be based on the talent exchanged and whether that makes us better in the future.”
Peavy has made himself available for constant inquiries on the subject, but is running out of energy for the process.
“I’ll be happy when Wednesday is here in that there’s no more speculation,” Peavy said. “I know that there’s a good chance I could start and there’s a good chance I won’t start. I don’t know what else to say other than there’s a lot of speculation on a lot of people’s part. I hear a lot, but at the end of the day I’m listening to my coaches and the front office staff. All I can do as a player is get ready to do what I know is scheduled for me at that’s pitch tomorrow night here in Cleveland.”
Peavy said he altered his between-start routine this past weekend.
“I did not throw a sideline and it wasn’t anything to do with the trade,” Peavy said. “It was just that I’ve progressed so fast (from a broken rib) that I didn’t want to make any more withdrawals in these five days. I felt way better with my feel and command the last start. We wanted to just touch and feel flat ground wise and after 117 or 118 pitches (Thursday), I was pretty sore. I wanted to feel as good as I can for (Tuesday) night.