Jon Heyman has reported that the Oakland Athletics could be a “dark horse” contender to land Jake Peavy.
Even with a potential suspension for staff ace Bartolo Colon potentially looming, it seems unnecessary for the Athletics to trade for Peavy considering the depth of the team’s current group of starters. In 2013, the 32-year-old White Sox hurler is 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA and has made one start since returning from a DL stint with a broken rib on his left side.
Peavy won the NL Cy Young in 2007 and has been named an All-Star four times (most recently in 2012). So he has certainly proven that on the MLB market, he’s worth the $29 million he makes between this year and next.
Then again, the team currently has all five spots pretty much locked down, Brett Anderson is making his seemingly annual late-season injury recovery and Sonny Gray, who excelled in a brief bullpen cameo, is ready to go in Triple-A. So why exactly does the club need to add an expensive top-of-the-rotation starter?
If the Athletics did make a deal for Peavy, the team would be able to offload one of its young starters. One of A.J. Grffin, Jarrod Parker or Dan Straily (although I’d really prefer it not be Straily) could be dealt to acquire a very good bat or bats.
Heyman noted that the Athletics had a scout at Peavy’s first start off the DL, but he also noted that was normal. So, maybe GM Billy Beane doesn’t have the slightest intention of trading for Peavy. If he does, though, it could very well be the precursor to another move.