The Jake Peavy trade saga has taken another twist.
The Chicago White Sox have reportedly scratched Peavy from his scheduled start tonight in Cleveland.
After picking up a win last Thursday in his second quality start since returning from the DL, it seemed very unlikely that Peavy would ever pitch again for the White Sox. And as the trade rumors surrounding the veteran starter began to heat up this weekend, many thought a deal involving Peavy would be done as early as Sunday night or Monday morning.
However, as reports began to surface Monday afternoon that many of the front-runners to land Peavy were dropping out and focusing their attention elsewhere, it seemed as if the possibility of Peavy remaining in Chicago was growing. Not long after, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Twitter that the White Sox were going to hold on to Peavy:
The White Sox are telling other teams they’re going to keep Peavy and build around him.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2013
Although many, including me, thought this was just an attempt by White Sox GM Rick Hahn to gain more leverage in trade discussions, the certainty of Peavy leaving the White Sox was beginning to diminish.
Fast-forward to now — Peavy will no longer make his start tonight, and once again the rumors of him being traded have picked up. However, I don’t believe the South Siders have any firm deals in place for their right-hander just yet. What they do have though is a more valuable trade asset. By scratching him from his start tonight, Hahn and the White Sox avoid any injury risk to Peavy, keeping him fresh and ready to pitch for potential buyers.
It also puts some pressure on those same potential buyers. Right now, each team interested in acquiring the former ace is thinking the same thing: where is he headed?
Hahn and the White Sox can now hope that teams will act quicker on Peavy and hope that a deal will get done before today is over.