He has complete control of the mound racking up strikeouts and preventing teams from posing any real run-scoring threats.
The 2012 season is still young, and Peavy already has a win-loss record of 3-1, 33 strikeouts, a WHIP of 0.690 and an ERA of 1.67 in 37.2 innings pitched. Add to that his two complete games and an increase in his velocity to about 93 mph, and you'll see a very effective and well-rounded pitcher.
Of course, the season is still quite early and anything can happen, but Peavy appears to be strong and solid on the mound with a commanding presence.
Peavy's success this season has opened the eyes of other teams and put him on their radars. Interest has begun to develop in Peavy as a possible target for a midseason acquisition.
The White Sox will not exercise a $22 million option to keep Peavy for the 2013 season, so that makes him an attractive acquisition for multiple teams. He is owed $17 million for this season, and Chicago would be on the hook for a portion of the remainder if he is traded.
Peavy also has a partial no-trade clause in his contract that prevents him from being traded to eight teams.
Some team is going to pick up Peavy, and whichever team does, he will add incredible value and will be a strong asset. Since someone will react and take advantage of the opportunity to acquire him, why not the Yankees?
Should the Yankees make a move and trade for Jake Peavy?
New York is going to make some changes at some point. We've all discussed it, and we all believe that it's going to happen. Personally, I think that Brian Cashman will eventually trade Nick Swisher. We've also seen Freddy Garcia lose control of the mound, and Phil Hughes is still struggling a bit.
The Yankees will be presented with an opportunity, and I think that Cashman should seriously consider acquiring Peavy. A team can never have too much pitching available, especially in a situation such as the Yankees with two starting pitchers having difficulty.
With a little juggling, the Yankees can take on the expense that would be attached to Peavy if they bring him to New York.
Although he has dealt with injuries in the past, he appears to be strong and healthy with no recurring issues.
This is an acquisition that I think Cashman should take seriously. My issue with Cashman is that I would be concerned that he would be willing to trade top prospects to get Peavy, and I am completely against that sort of move.
He would be wise to keep New York's prospects in development for the future of the Yankees, and take on Peavy's salary.
There's no way to know what Cashman will do, but acquiring Peavy is an opportunity that should not be passed up.