Rumors continue to swirl around Chicago's Jake Peavy.
As we come down to the final few days leading up to the July 31st MLB trade deadline, some big names expecting to be moved still reside on cellar-dwellers. Let's take a look at the latest buzz on what the destinations for these trade chips might be.
While Peavy has quite the impressive injury history (a fractured rib being the latest), he is arguably the hottest commodity right now:
Your scout lineup for Jake Peavy's start today: Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves, O's, Reds & Rangers have 2. #youmaynowjumptoconclusions— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 25, 2013
Oh, and add one more to the list:
from yesterday: A's could play for peavy. http://t.co/SrDLZ0DwL5— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 25, 2013
The crippling blow to Tim Hudson along with Paul Maholm's DL trip have left Atlanta at an unforeseen loss for starters. Brandon Beachy is coming back, but with the possible impending switch to the bullpen for Kris Medlen, the Braves need another rotation piece.
According to Heyman, it's Boston that needs to jump on Peavy, considering the uncertainty of Clay Buchholz's future. They certainly have the means to afford Peavy, and their list of prospects—a few of them, such as Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley, being majors-ready—is vast.
Yes, yet another player from Chicago who will be on the move.
Currently, it seems like Texas is the best option:
Yanks/Cubs still talking Alfonso Soriano; Tex/CWS still talking Alex Rios;Cards - CWS still talking ARamirez; SEA/PHIL still NOT selling— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 24, 2013
The Rangers are in need of a right-handed bat, and considering the departure of Mike Olt and the suspicion around Nelson Cruz and Biogenesis, they may soon be in need for an outfielder as well.
Even though the AL Central should really be a lockup for the Tigers, they haven't been as dominant as expected. Kansas City is below .500 and seven games back, but CBS Sports' Danny Knobler writes that they may still try to acquire the right fielder:
The Royals could be deadline buyers and sellers. They've been watching right fielders, including Rios. http://t.co/MLFLrGHBo6— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 25, 2013
But there's no point to this. The Royals aren't strong enough to make a playoff push, even with Detroit faltering here and there. And between the powerhouse that is the Al East and the Rangers-Athletics race, a Wild Card spot just isn't happening either.
While it's unclear what Kansas City's course of action is going to be for the remainder of the 2013 season, Santana, like Peavy, is drawing heavy interest from a number of teams. So much so that this happened:
Lately, Santana has been impressing, so the asking price will likely be high:
An exec who watched Ervin Santana last night says "I'd take him over Garza. Hit 95-96 a lot. Slider was 85-86. And commanding everything"— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 25, 2013
In addition to looking at Peavy, the Braves have also been scouting Santana, according to Scooby Axson of Sports Illustrated. Considering how much other teams are swarming over Peavy, this could be a more reasonable route to take.
The Braves have some talent in their farm system—notably Cody Martin, a guy who can put on both a starter and reliever hat—who could be inviting for a middling but improving franchise like Kansas City.