Update: The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Peavy has rejected the trade to the White Sox, citing a desire to stay in the National League. It probably wouldn’t hurt if his new team was willing to pick up the pitcher’s $22 million option for the 2013 season either. Don’t be surprised if we start to hear Peavy to the Cubs rumors again soon.
Update: ESPNchicago.com is reporting that the Padres will receive “left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard and former No. 1 draft pick Aaron Poreda, … a 6-6, left-handed pitcher” in exchange for Peavy.
One of Peavy’s former teammates, Scott Linebrink, now with the White Sox reportedly spoke with Peavy about the possibility of playing on Chicago’s south side. Linebrink was quoted as saying “Right now, I’d say it’s 50-50 as to whether he accepts it or not. He’ll get with his family today and make a decision.”
The last off-season was filled with rumors that Jake Peavy was headed to Chicago. And, if reports out today are accurate, he may finally complete that journey in short order. Unlike the winter rumors, it appears to be the White Sox, not the Cubs, who have landed the Padre pitcher.
While the deal between the Padres and the White Sox has reportedly been agreed to in principle, Peavy must still wave his no-trade clause in order for the deal to be finalized.
ESPN is reporting that a fellow Padre “believes Peavy respects the White Sox for pursuing a trade for him, but may have reservations about playing for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.”
We’ll keep you updated as more information on this possible blockbuster trade becomes available.