Jake Peavy to the White Sox? I've Been Saying It Since December!

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IMay 21, 2009

SAN DIEGO - APRIL 06:  Pitcher Jake Peavy #44 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 6, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  The Dodgers won 4-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

First, I'll pat myself on the back

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, back on Dec. 2, 2008 I went out on a limb and said that the Chicago White Sox should be a player to land the services of 2007 NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy.

In fact, I went as far as to mention names like Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda, the two hottest names in the rumors of the past 24 hours.

The piece referenced above was apparently smart enough at the time that CBS Sports picked it up as their lead B/R story for a couple of days. I felt pretty good about it back then.

Fast forward to May 19. I put together an action plan for Kenny Williams, and one of my steps to improving the Sox was calling San Diego in an effort to get Jake Peavy to Chicago.

No, please, hold your applause.

It appears that the only thing keeping Peavy in San Diego right now is a waiting game for his autograph on a waiver of his no-trade clause.

According to ESPN's Peter Gammons, elite shortstop prospect Gordon Beckham is not part of a package that would head west. This is a huge factor for the White Sox, as Beckham is viewed within (and outside) the organization as the shortstop of the future on the South Side.

If a package of four players, headlined by Richard and perhaps Poreda, does indeed bring Peavy to Chicago, what would it mean to the White Sox?

Furthermore, why wouldn't Peavy want to leave San Diego for the defending American League Central Division Champions?

First of all—and this is not meant to come across as disrespectful to any of San Diego's pitchers—having Mark Buehrle pitching behind you every five days is a huge upgrade from Chris Young.

Buehrle's off to one of the better starts of his career, and he's been a great leader on the staff for almost a decade now.

Sliding John Danks and Gavin Floyd to the three and four slots in the rotation would have an impact on the roster. Oh, and Bartolo Colon would now pitch fifth in the rotation. Not bad.

Just like in 2005, the White Sox would have the best pitching rotation in their division without question.

Secondly, moving Richard and Poreda wouldn't be as big of a loss as many fans might think.

While Poreda has a top-tier fastball, he's struggled to command secondary pitches effectively. And even though Richard has thrown well at the major league level to date, he doesn't have to insure a Cy Young Award when the moving vans show up at his house.

Let's also not discount the fact that both Richard and Poreda are left-handers; so are Buehrle and Danks. I have a pretty good feeling that Buehrle and Danks are going to stay put longer than the two kids.

Thirdly, this is the kind of impact move that shakes a team out of a funk, and the White Sox have definitely been in a funk.

The second article I mentioned above has a few other ideas for making the team more competitive, many of which are centered on waking up the offense.

Bringing a front-of-the-league starter onto the roster just seven weeks into the season might serve as a quality alarm clock for guys like Jim Thome and Alexei Ramirez.

All of this is moot if Peavy doesn't accept the deal, however. He reportedly had a lengthy conversation with former teammate, close personal friend, and current White Sox pitcher Scott Linebrink regarding his thoughts of the Windy City.

The conversation is also reported to have left Peavy with a favorable impression of Ozzie Guillen's crew.

So now the waiting game begins. Some of us have been looking at this as a potential deal since Thanksgiving, and now the nation will give it a few more hours to see if the White Sox make the first blockbuster trade of the summer.


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