All most Major League Baseball fans have heard over the past month is how the Chicago Cubs are on top of the baseball trade world. Everyone that wanted a pitcher was interested in Matt Garza. To be fair, a lot of teams are still interested in Garza and the Cubs but with the successful return of Jake Peavy and the resurgent Alex Rios have the Chicago White Sox on top of the trade list.
Peavy’s name had been brought up a great deal before he went on the disabled list. The thing with Peavy is that in spite of his not having a great year and being on the DL, teams still seemed interested. With his successful return start against the Atlanta Braves, Peavy is now the buzz of every team that wants a starting pitcher. Even the Texas Rangers, who had been dead set on a deal for Garza are now not so dead set on that deal. Peavy could be the reason for that.
Garza might actually be the better pitcher considering his age and the recent great stretch of starts he has had. So why would Peavy be the more sought after pitcher? The answer is simple value. Garza has zero options for the team that ends up trading for him while Peavy has options with his current contract that will allow a team to present him with a qualifying offer. That is a much bigger deal to a lot of owners than the performance for the rest of the season. Considering the fact that Peavy is pitching well once again, he is the number one pitching trade chip.
Rios meanwhile has taken the start of the second half and proved that he absolutely is as capable as he has ever been. The slump is over and he seems to be on the way out of White Sox country. Ironic how the top two teams have flipped with now the other Chicago team taking over where the Cubs once stood. The White Sox should take advantage of their standing as a sought after team for trades and make some great deals for their future.