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Report: White Sox telling teams they are keeping Jake Peavy

Jul 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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With Matt Garza now on the Rangers, Jake Peavy has emerged as one of the most popular starting pitchers on the trade block in recent days. However, the White Sox are apparently having second thoughts about dealing him.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox are now telling teams that they will keep Peavy and “build around him.” There’s always the chance that they’ll do exactly that, but this sounds like a strategy designed to get someone to increase their offer. Peavy is 32 years old and has had some injury issues in recent years, so that’s not exactly a combination you want to build around.

For what it’s worth, Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by one executive of a team interested in Peavy that the veteran right-hander wants to be dealt. While the source says Peavy has enjoyed his time with the White Sox, he senses the club is rebuilding and wants to pitch for a contender.

Peavy, who recently returned from a rib fracture, owns a 4.28 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 80 innings over 13 starts this season. He is under contract for $14.5 million next season.

  1. scotttheskeptic - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Now he has to carry all those suitcases for nothing.

  2. qcubed3 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    If this is not a negotiation tactic, I officially give up on the Sox: in DESPERATE need of rebuilding, you trade for freaking prospects you fools. Can the offers you’re getting really be that bad?

  3. spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    He gone.

  4. paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    The White Sox ask teams for crazy returns in prospects while refusing to pick up any of Peavy’s remaining salary…., everyone hangs up on them, and somehow they are surprised by this?

    Just because a guy is the best guy available doesn’t make him good, or worth the farm AND his salary.

    I think this trade market is stagnant because we have come to its logical conclusion. GMs that make dumb moves are now mostly (or all) sellers, thanks in large part to their dumb moves. The teams that are really buyers are mostly (or all) run by GMs that don’t make dumb moves. Now, the guys that make dumb moves are expecting the guys that don’t make dumb moves to make the type of dumb moves the dumb guys always make….but the non-dumb guys aren’t willing to make dumb moves, because those moves would be dumb. So, no trades. See, clear as can be.

    • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Yeah, Kenny Williams self promoting again.

    • spudchukar - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Typical Westbrook. Thank God, this is the last year. I know he has thrown some good games, but I never have confidence in him. In a word unreliable.

      • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Yeah…it kills me that he gives so many guys free bases…with his stuff, you have to make them put it in play….because they aren’t going to be swinging and missing….putting guys on for free is just asking for trouble.

  5. thekingdave - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Of course it’s a negotiation tactic. Do you think interested teams were throwing out their best offers upon reading the suitcase story?

    • paperlions - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      The problem is that the WS are asking for about 5 times what Peavy is worth….it isn’t a question of best offer, it is a question of whether are not the parties are anywhere close in value….individual reports had already suggested that everyone had already walked away from the WS….them saying, “Oh yeah, well, we’ll just keep him”…isn’t going to get a smart GM to give up more than he’s already willing to.

  6. kelshannon19 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Come on down, Bud Norris

  7. afrancis55 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    They want to build around Jake Peavy? They have a young phenom pitcher named Chris Sale who’s locked up until 2019 they can build around.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Chris “arm/shoulder injury inc” Sale?
      I’d look over at a guy named Josh Johnson to see what happens when a guy can’t throw a slider anymore.

      Sorry man, just being real, Sale is amazing right now, but that delivery gotta catch up to him eventually.

  8. xmatt0926x - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    What I don’t get is who was it that had the clubhouse guys empty his locker and pack his suitcases the other day? Don’t you only do that if a trade is in place?

    So now ,after Kenny Williams had him pack his bags they are going to keep him, pat him on the back for his next start and say “go get em’ killer!! Peavy ..Peavy..Peavy!!!!!!”

    If I’m Peavy I turn to him and say “yeah, blow me dude”. In a nice way of course…

    • spudchukar - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Pretty much what I been thinking.

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