Now, with the deadline approaching it appears the two sides have rekindled talks and the Diamondbacks have emerged as the front runner to acquire Peavy, this according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston:
Source: Arizona emerges as front runner for Peavy
Certainly, it’s a bit odd that nobody from Arizona or Chicago scooped this up first but Edes is a respected reporter and is completely believable.
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is very familiar with Peavy as the two spent quite a few seasons together in San Diego and it was Towers, who instructed by the Padres, traded Peavy to Chicago nearly four years ago.
Peavy experienced the best years of his career in the National League West and would likely return to a similar form leaving the hitter heavy American League.