On one hand, Peavy would be a solid addition to the Mariners’ rotation, but only if the price is right. The Mariners can’t afford to trade much of their young talent for a solitary pitcher, even if that pitcher has a good reputation like Peavy.
The current performance of their rookies and the potential of their prospects down in the farm system should make them wary of any trade involving the future of the ball club. Also, in trading for any starting pitcher they would essentially say they are giving up on young Erasmo Ramirez, which would be foolish so early in Ramirez’s career.
However, the Mariners should also be aware that the Oakland Athletics are interested in Peavy, so if the Mariners can land Peavy for the right price and thereby keep him from being traded to their AL West rival, it might be the smart thing to do after all.
The deciding factor will be what it will cost the Mariners to land Peavy. If the White Sox demand at least one of the Mariners’ top pitching prospects in return (like Danny Hultzen, James Paxton or Taijuan Walker) and/or a couple of young hitting prospects, that would be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s hard to see the White Sox demanding anything less. They aren’t going to give Peavy away for free.
In my opinion, unless the Mariners can swing a Peavy trade in their favor by some brilliant stroke of dealing, they should run the risk of Peavy landing in Oakland and hope that the Athletics give up some of their offense and Peavy has a rough second half of the 2013 season.