The Chicago White Sox have started selling prior to the 2013 MLB non-waiver trade deadline. With several strong performances this July, right-hander Jake Peavy could convince another team to surrender a talented haul of prospects.
Left-handed reliever Matt Thornton was shipped to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Brandon Jacobs, a high-ceiling outfielder. MLB.com's Scott Merkin calls it "the first move made by [general manager Rick] Hahn in the reshaping or rebuilding of the underachieving White Sox but most likely not the last."
However, coming off a broken rib, Peavy's name won't pop up in any serious trade discussions unless we see proof that he's still a frontline starting pitcher.
His contract further complicates the situation. After earning $14.5 million in salary this season, he'll makes just as much in 2014. Moreover, meeting certain durability requirements will give Peavy a $15 million player option to consider for 2015.
When peddling their veteran All-Star to suitors in smaller markets, the White Sox may include cash to maximize whom they receive in return.
As the courtship progresses, you can find all the latest Peavy buzz right here.