At this point, even Jake Peavy knows his days as a member of the Chicago White Sox are numbered.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is this Wednesday, and with all the speculation about the White Sox being in talks with at least half a dozen teams in regards to the veteran starter, Peavy decided to pack a few extra bags for the South Siders’ upcoming road trip. The right-hander was also seen clearing some things out of his locker at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday.
With his time running out in a White Sox uniform, the only question that really remains is which team will end up landing the former Cy Young winner.
A few reports this weekend indicated that the Oakland Athletics were slowly becoming the new front-runners to acquire Peavy. However, it now seems as if GM Billy Beane and the A’s are having second thoughts about making a deal for the 32-year-old hurler.
ESPN’s Peter Gammons had this to say late Sunday night on Twitter:
A’s not in on Peavy price(Gray, Russell & take on bearly $20M), ditto Boston, ditto Atlanta. Time running down
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 29, 2013
Both Addison Russell and Sonny Gray are top-five prospects in the A’s organization, and when you add in the fact that Chicago is reportedly wanting Oakland to eat the rest of Peavy’s contract, it’s no wonder why a deal remains undone.
Although adding Peavy would certainly shore up the back-end of Oakland’s rotation, it’s hard to imagine they’d be willing to trade away two high-end prospects and eat about $20 million of Peavy’s remaining contract. A deal between the White Sox and A’s can certainly still be accomplished. However, it’s starting to seem as if the White Sox will have to choose between an extra prospect and picking up the remainder of Peavy’s contract.