Is Jake Peavy Headed to the Boston Red Sox?

Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 04:  Starting pitcher Jake Peavy #44 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 4, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The MLB trade deadline is just a week away and the Boston Red Sox are one of many franchises looking to upgrade their team before July 31.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy is one guy the team will target in the coming days.

Evan Drellich of reported on Wednesday that the Red Sox would be one the teams represented at Peavy's next start on Thursday against the Tigers.

The start will be his second since returning from a rib injury that cost him about a month and a half.

On the season, the 32-year-old right-hander is 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 73 innings.

Those numbers are down from last season, but he would still help solidify the Red Sox rotation.

Obtaining Peavy will likely require Boston to send at least one solid prospect back to Chicago.

While top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are unlikely to be dealt, Boston could include Baseball America's No. 3 Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes or No. 4 prospect Allen Webster in the deal.

Peavy would provide a big help to the Red Sox who are uncertain about the future of injured starting pitcher Clay Buchholz.

The Red Sox had to resort to using rookie Brandon Workman in the rotation for a couple of spot starts recently. Workman has responded well in giving up just two runs in each of the starts, but the team likely would prefer not to rely on a rookie starter while in the midst of a tight playoff race.

No one can definitively say where Peavy will end up, but don't be surprised if he lands with the Red Sox.

It looks like he'll definitely be dealt, and Boston have both the pieces and motivation to make a move for him.