Peavy About to Join White Sox; Cubs Miss Their Chance

Jon SnowdonContributor 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)

This morning, I could not have imagined the White Sox getting Jake Peavy. However, at 10:54 am, all that remains is for Peavy to agree to waive his no trade clause, and he will become a member of the Chicago White Sox for the next few years.

Speaking from the perspective of a Chicago Cubs fan, I would be lying if I said that I was not infuriated by this turn of events. After all, the Cubs appeared to be moving players all offseason to land this guy. He wanted to come to the Cubs, yet "Big" Jim Hendry could not get the deal done.

It was my understanding that moving DeRosa, Marquis, as well as other members of last year's team was the reasoning behind all of the moves; apparently, I was very wrong.

Luis Viscaino, the piece the Cubs received from the Colorado Rockies for Marquis, is gone. Mark DeRosa was traded for three Minor League pitchers, all of whom are doing well in the Minor Leagues, but are still not making any impact.

The funny part of this is that these moves were assumed to be part of the grand scheme of acquiring Jake Peavy, with Josh Vitters added, perhaps. All of this seems to be more than an equitable trade for a former Cy Young winner who, if given any kind of run support, would be a Cy Young winner again.

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The Cubs could have provided this, but, unfortunately, they will never see it.

The Chicago Cubs have failed at making their team legitimate contenders. They appear to be the third best team in the NL Central, behind the Cardinals and Brewers. They may even be behind the Reds.

What could have been will likely haunt the Cubs this season and for seasons to come. I suppose the Cubs faithful will just have to write this up as bad management and move on.


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