The MLB rumors will surround Jake Peavy this offseason if the Chicago White Sox decline his $22 million 2013 option and instead buy him out for $4 million. There will be plenty of suitors lining up for Peavy if he does hit the open market.
Peavy has had a very nice year, and the White Sox might try to negotiate a long-term deal with the 31-year-old righty. He has 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA, a stellar 1.12 WHIP, and recorded 186 strikeouts in 211 innings so far this season. There will be plenty of teams that would love to add that production from a former Cy Young Award winner.
The Baltimore Orioles might finally be a player in free agency as they have shown they are a legitimate contender right now in the American League. Everyone had been waiting for them to crash down to earth but Buck Showalter has them playing well this year and that could bode well for their free agent recruitment.
The Orioles are in desperate need of pitching. Right now, they have been getting by on the mound through almost pure luck and lack a top of the rotation ace. Peavy could be that guy. There looks like there will be some depth in the free agent market this offseason but Cole Hamels, who would have been the apple of every team’s eye, signed a $144 million extension with the Philadelphia Phillies and Dan Haren has had an off year with the Los Angeles Angels, opening the door for a hefty payday for Peavy.
Peavy could take advantage of that and find himself the beneficiary of a small bidding war. The Orioles have money to burn and will need someone to anchor the staff while they hope for youngsters like Zach Britton and Dylan Bundy to develop to their potential.