The Chicago White Sox decided to sign Jake Peavy to a two year $29 million contract and an option year. It looks like the White Sox and Peavy won out.
Peavy now brings stability to the rotation. He also brings a strong defense on the mound since he is currently up for the Gold Glove.
Pitching Coach Don Cooper said after the signing of Peavy that the rotation will be set like this: Chris Sale, Peavy, John Danks (if he is 100% healthy), Gavin Floyd, and Jose Quintana.
This means that besides the re-signing of Peavy that the White Sox won’t be bringing back Francisco Liriano. They might still bring back Brett Myers. Myers said that he was willing to start if the White Sox needed him to. Instead, he can slot right back into the bullpen if the White Sox offer to re-sign him. The White Sox declined the option on Myers but that was expected.
I wrote a while ago that Peavy really wanted to stay in Chicago. He felt that he let the White Sox down, due to injuries, and the way he pitched since he has been in Chicago. This probably helped with the White Sox resigning him. It will be interesting to see if the Peavy signing does one other thing.
A.J. Pierzynski filed for free agency on October 29th, the first time he is on the market since 2004. The reason that I bring this up is because it has been rumored that Peavy doesn’t like throwing to Pierzynski. Peavy liked throwing to Tyler Flowers more than Pierzynski.
I don’t think that went into contract negotiations but I’m sure that it is going through the head of new GM Rick Hahn and others in the White Sox organization.
It was a good day for the White Sox. Now in the off season they won’t have to answer questions about the starting rotation.
Now, the White Sox just have to figure out who is at third base.
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