Eat your heart out Cubs fans. We beat you to a World Series and we just might beat you to Jake Peavy as well.
Update: Not so much. More breaking news tonight that Peavy has rejected the trade to the White Sox. Oh well. It was a fun thought while it lasted.
Despite the fact that the rumor mill has long since assumed that if Jake Peavy ended up in Chicago it would be on the North Side, numerous reports this morning are saying that the Padres and White Sox are in serious discussions about sending Jake Peavy to the side of town that actually wins World Series titles.
According to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Times-Union, Peavy met with Padres officials yesterday to discuss a possible trade to the White Sox. Peavy would have to approve any trade. From the Krasovic report about the potential Peavy-White Sox trade:
“Within the clubhouse, though, Peavy referred to the situation as ‘something to think about’ yet also restated his desire to stay in the National League. One of Peavy’s teammates said he believes Peavy respects the Sox’s aggressiveness in pushing for him but may have reservations about pitching for Ozzie Guillen, the White Sox’s volatile manager.”
Krasovic’s report, which was also picked up by FoxSports who posted about the Peavy to the White Sox rumors this morning, does not cite who the White Sox would potentially be giving up. However, in his post about the Peavy-White Sox rumors, Ace over at Bleacher Nation cites Chicago’s Inside Pitch as saying the White Sox would give up Aaron Poreda and other top prospects for Peavy (presumably whose names do not involve “Gordon” or “Beckham”).
As of right now, I’m not quite sure exactly how much stock to put into this. I heard about it for the first time a few minutes ago during Tim Kirkjian’s spot on Mike & Mike in the Morning, and his first reaction was to say that he did not think Peavy would get traded to the White Sox, but that Peavy would definitely get traded. I had just pulled up to work so I darted out of the car to find the reports myself and see what was going on.
Needless to say, I would probably jump the through the roof with excitement if Jake Peavy came to the South Side, and not just because he’d be here in time to perhaps pitch twice against the Cubs (although that would be hilariously awesome). With Gavin Floyd struggling and Jose Contreras already in the minors, the White Sox could use a power arm like Peavy’s. This could be exactly the shot in the arm the Sox need to build on our current two-game winning streak and vault back into AL Central contention.
And while I love the potential of Aaron Poreda, I also love the idea of trading a talented but unknown Major League quantity for a guy like Jake Peavy, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this decade. It would be a slam dunk.
Now we just have to wait and see if there is some fire to go with all of this smoke.
Update: Mark Gonzales over at the Tribune has a breakdown of what is no doubt a key issue for Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams in any Peavy-to-the-White Sox scenario. As Gonzales explains, any trade would come with significant financial ramifications for the White Sox:
Peavy will earn $11 million in 2009, $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011, $17 million in 2012 and a $22 million option for 2013 with a $4 million buyout. The Sox have no player earning more than $14 million through 2011. John Danks and Carlos Quentin can become arbitration eligible in 2010.
Gonzales says that Reinsdorf is concerned about a potential drop in revenues due to sponsorship contracts running out after this season, during which the White Sox current payroll is $97 million. The article also notes that the White Sox could reduce their payroll by $40 million if Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Jose Contreras, and Octavio Dotel are not re-signed.
For the season, Jake Peavy is only 3-5 but we won’t hold that against him. Three of his losses this season came in games in which he had a quality start, and he had a no-decision in a game against the Dodgers in which he pitched 8 shutout innings and gave up only two hits. The Padres just suck. Peavy has a 3.82 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP while striking out 69 and walking 19 in 61.1 innings. For his career, Peavy is 89-67 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. His best season was 2007 during which he went 19-6, and set career highs in innings pitched (223.1), BAA (.208), and Ks (240). He also had a 2.54 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP that season.
So, basically, Jake Peavy is a badass and he and current White Sox ace Mark Buehrle would form a great righty-lefty 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. If John Danks regains his consistency and Gavin Floyd regains his competence, the White Sox would have one of the three of four best pitching rotations in baseball.
And if this happens, I promise to stop mumbling insults at Ken Williams under my breath every time the camera pans to center field or the top of our batting order is at the plate.
Getting Jake Peavy would be an absolute home run, as he is the type of pitcher who could mask a lot of the White Sox other deficiencies every fifth day.
Plus, as the picture to the left proves, Jake Peavy loves Jager (photo courtesy of DrunkAthlete.com), which means he will immediately become KVB’s new personal hero. And now that KVB can’t indulge in his man crush on Jose Contreras every fifth day, he needs someone new to revitalize his White Sox obsession. Come on Kenny Willams…make it happen for KVB.
Update: I may be late to my presentation because I stopped to post this real quick before leaving, but no matter. Just caught on The Big Lead that the White Sox and Padres have apparently reached a deal that would send Jake Peavy to the South Side. All that is left now is to wait for Peavy’s approval. And my lat thought before leaving the office is that Gordon Beckham better not be involved. Check out the link above. Post comments. Discuss. Get excited.