Jake Peavy To the White Sox, Pending His Approval

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Jake Peavy #44 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 1-0.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Jake Peavy could finally be leaving San Diego.

ESPNChicago.com and Peter Gammons of ESPN are reporting that the White Sox and Padres have agreed to a deal in principle that would send a total of four players to San Diego for the all-star pitcher, pending Peavy waiving his no trade clause.

Peavy had been rumored to be on the move since the off-season. The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs had both been rumored this past off-season to be close to reaching a deal with San Diego, but that never happened.

As the Padres continue to fall further back in the NL West, they realize the time is now to rebuild. As the White Sox see the Royals rejuvenated and the Twins and Tigers hanging in there in the AL Central, they realize the time is now to win.

The White Sox gave up prospects at the deadline last season to make a second half push with Ken Griffey Jr...It got them to the playoffs, but that's about as far as they would go.

With this trade, The White Sox give up their top two minor league pitching prospects in Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard. However, one of the players not included in the deal is top shortstop prospect Gordon Beckham.

It is unclear who the other two players in the trade with San Diego will be at this time, but again, one of those two players will not be Gordon Beckham.

What this move does for the White Sox is give them a right handed ace to compliment Mark Buehrle. It will lessen the amount of innings the bullpen has to work and save the arm of Bobby Jenks a little more, because Peavy can throw more complete games than the average pitcher when healthy.

Maybe Chicago will get what they were hoping for out of this trade. However, continually diluting your minor league system to acquire short term talent can't be good for the long haul.