With the Chicago White Sox firmly out of the playoff race with their dreadful 37-55 record, it may be a bit of a stretch to think that their fans are very excited about Jake Peavy’s return to the rotation. However, they really should be, as it could alter their destiny in the very near future.
Peavy was activated from the disabled list, where he had been since June 6th, on Friday afternoon, and it was announced by the team that he would start Saturday’s inter-league game against the Atlanta Braves. The 32-year-old right hander was solid, but unspectacular before his injury, throwing 67 innings of 4.30 ERA ball over 11 starts. That uninspiring production coupled with the White Sox cellar-dwelling ways normally would indicate a “meh” response from his return, but with Peavy making 8 figures per season, there is a different reason for White Sox intrigue.
Many teams could use the services of a healthy Peavy via trade, and there have been published reports about Diamondbacks’ interest in the starting pitcher. His high price tag make him a luxury that the suddenly rebuilding White Sox can’t afford, and it would almost be a surprise to see him stay in a Chicago uniform past July 31st, provided he can stay healthy over his 3-start window before the trade deadline.
We will know a lot more about his value after seeing how he performs on Saturday against a solid Braves lineup, but for now, the White Sox are just praying for health and growing interest from other teams.