Just yesterday it appeared that starting pitcher Jake Peavy was leaving the Chicago White Sox as he prepared himself and had his bags packed. Now it appears that he will stick with the team.
Buster Olney reports that the White Sox have decided to build around the starting pitcher.
The White Sox are telling other teams they’re going to keep Peavy and build around him.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2013
In another angle, Rotoworld believes that the White Sox are simply trying to drive up Peavy’s value.
This could be genuine or a last-ditch effort to drive up his trade value. Peavy, 32, is still under contract for $14.5 million in 2014 and has a $15 million player option for 2015.
It remains to be seen if building around Peavy is a smart move. He’s a very solid starter and has now spent long tenures with the White Sox and San Diego Padres. One problem has been injuries, and he’s been unable to make 30 starts in five of his last six seasons.
The Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, and Atlanta Braves are all teams that have reportedly shown interest in Peavy this month.