Earlier this morning, numerous media outlets both locally and nationally reported that Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy has been scratched from his scheduled start this afternoon, just one day prior to the MLB trade deadline.
The last time we saw a pitcher scratched from his scheduled start, the Chicago Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. By the end of the day, Peavy could likely be on his way out of Chicago as well.
Just last night, the White Sox claimed that they are not interested in trading Peavy. Also, reports surfaced yesterday claiming that the Oakland Athletics, who were reportedly interested in acquiring Peavy, have moved on from discussions.
However, reports out of Chicago say that White Sox GM Rick Hahn will be entertaining offers for the right-hander this evening.
Peavy still has a few years left to give in MLB. The 12-year veteran currently holds an 8-4 record with a 4.28 ERA. While he won’t be an ace and is far from his 19-win 2007 season, Peavy can still give a contender quality starts.
While the Sox were telling people that they were going to keep Peavy and build around him, it is important that those statements be taken with a grain of salt. The White Sox are likely saying that as a ploy to gain some leverage and make a deal that’s sweeter for them.
If there’s one trade rumor to keep an eye on today, it’s this one. Jake Peavy will not be starting in tonight’s game and we could likely see him on a red-eye flight out of Chicago tonight.