After making a minor league rehab start on Sunday where he allowed one run on five hits in his five innings of work, Jake Peavy is scheduled to pitch on Saturday for the Chicago White Sox for the first time in over a month.
Peavy, who is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched this season, was sent to the DL with a left rib fracture after leaving his last start on June 4 due to pain on his left side. At the time, many wondered if the veteran hurler’s once-high trade value had been washed away with his trip to the DL.
However, being the bulldog he is, Peavy tackled his recovery head-on. Although his trade value is still somewhat unknown, all teams interested in the 32-year-old starter will get to see at least two major league outings from him before the MLB trade deadline on July 31.
With the Pale Hose looking to rebuild and add impact prospects to their system, Peavy would figure to be on the move.
One team reportedly already in talks with Chicago about Peavy is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers drafted Peavy as the GM of the San Diego Padres back in 1999 and now seems interested in reuniting with his former ace. Scouts from the White Sox organization have begun following the D-Backs, which indicates Chicago is looking for major league-ready talent in exchange for Peavy.
Although the price Arizona will have to pay to acquire the aging Peavy will be steep — possibly their young arm Randall Delgado — adding him could be the edge they need in a tight NL West race.