As he walked off the mound to a standing ovation in the 8th inning of this afternoon’s contest, Jake Peavy most likely wondered if he had thrown his last pitch in a Chicago White Sox uniform.
If today does happen to be his last start as a White Sox, the veteran right-hander certainly proved his worth to any buyers interested. Peavy threw 7-plus innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He also fanned seven, as the White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-4 in the finale of a four-game set.
Peavy, who is now 8-4 on the season, is seemly drawing attention from every competing team in need of an arm. And with the horrific injury to starter Tim Hudson Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves are yet another team who could use Peavy’s services as we near the MLB Trade Deadline.
Although the Braves already own one of the top pitching staffs in the National League, replacing Hudson is a must in my opinion. At age 38, Hudson is no longer a true ace, however, he ate up innings for Atlanta and he battled each time he toed the rubber.
Similar to Hudson, Peavy might not be the same pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 2007, but he is the true definition of a “bulldog” out on the mound. Chicago will most likely move Peavy in the next few days, and with the lack of starting pitching available on the trade market, I believe Atlanta’s GM Frank Wren will make a serious push at acquiring Peavy.
The Braves will have to outbid a few others to land Peavy, but he might be the missing puzzle piece to a championship team in Atlanta.