As Monday nears a close and the MLB non-waiver trade deadline looms closer, there is still no deal in place for the Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. As soon as Matt Garza was sent to the Texas Rangers, Peavy became the biggest trade chip on the market and he remains so. The asking price is said to be extremely high but then the White Sox also have appeared more than ready to sent Peavy packing. Through it all, even having to come to the ballpark with bags packed every day; Peavy has handled himself like a gentleman and a champion.
He even went so far in an interview on the official site to suggest that he could say what teams he wanted to go to but wouldn’t. Peavy said he has too much respect for the Sox’s organization to do something like that. In the midst of all of that junk, he also has to prepare to face the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, not knowing for sure if he will even be a member of the White Sox at that time. This must not be an easy load to carry. Though many have carried the same burden as Peavy does now, I doubt many have done it with more success or class.
If I were the Oakland Athletics or the Boston Red Sox, the way he has handled himself over this period would make me want to pay even more for Peavy. It is unknown how many good years he has left but it is very clear that he is far from finished. He isn’t even on his last few seasons at this point. Shell out some good prospects because it isn’t only going to help you for this season. No matter who ends up with him, they will get a championship caliber pitcher that seems to have become even stronger through this time of constant trade rumors.