Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs has long been considered the hottest name on the MLB trade rumors market, and for good reason considering we have heard it every day since the start of July.
Still, there appears to be one name more popular now that he is off the disabled list—Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says various high-ranking folks around the MLB have heard Peavy’s name more than any, especially now that he is healthy and eligible for trade:
Beyond all that, execs seem pretty enamored of Peavy, who is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA but was extremely good last year and has a Cy Young award in his not-too-distant past. So Peavy’s return is amazingly timely since it comes 11 days before the trade deadline. He looks like the centerpiece of what could be an extensive sale by the White Sox, who have told teams everyone’s available except veteran Paul Konerko, who has no-trade veto powers, and young star left-hander Chris Sale.
“Peavy has been better than Garza except for lately and he has done it in a hitter’s park in the American League,” one NL general manager said, summing up the feelings of many. “Garza’s better for 2013, but I think Peavy has more overall value. Peavy was really good early until he got hurt.”
Peavy has more value to MLB clubs over the long haul, which makes sense when you compare him to a guy like Garza. Right now Garza is a great option for a contender looking to make a playoff push, but Peavy offers more value in the seasons to come.
It’s unknown whether or not the White Sox are comfortable dealing Peavy at all, but bank on at least a few teams coming with a serious offer based on how much attention he is now receiving.
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