Peavy knows trade is 'strong possibility'

Peavy knows trade is 'strong possibility'
July 22, 2013, 9:00 pm
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For now,  Jake Peavy and Alex Rios are members of the Chicago White Sox. But while they are both focusing on baseball, they are also bracing for that phone call.

The one telling them they've been traded.

Peavy is almost at the point where he expects to be dealt.

"I certainly understand that there's a strong possibility that may happen," Peavy said in an interview before Monday's game. "I won't be caught off-guard.  We'll see how it all plays out over the next few days."

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Peavy came off the disabled list on Saturday, and with a host of scouts watching with great intrigue, he gave up two earned runs over six innings. He's scheduled to pitch again Thursday against the Tigers. That might be all teams need to see before pulling the trigger on a deal.

Though now that the pitching market has been set with Matt Garza headed to the Rangers, a trade could happen even before that.

"I felt like (Garza) being the biggest name traded, I think we all felt positive that it would start the whole process," Peavy said.

Addison Reed called Peavy, "the most competitive guy I've ever played with in my life." How much is Peavy valued in the White Sox clubhouse?

"When he pitches, I really want to get into the game and save the game for him," Reed said. "It kind of sounds bad, not that I don't want to when other people are pitching, but it just means a little more when he's on the mound. I think everybody feels that way."

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And yet, ask Reed to look into the White Sox future, and he doesn't see Peavy as a part of it. He's expecting him to be traded.

"It's probably going to happen. I don't know what the chances are, but I feel like it probably will," Reed said. "It's part of the game, and we'll just have to move on."

Meanwhile, Rios sat quietly at his locker on Monday, seemingly at ease about the trade rumors. He's used to them by now. They've been swirling around him for weeks.

"I can't tell you if a trade is imminent or not, but I'm just waiting. Waiting to see what happens," Rios said.

Although the White Sox have made only one trade so far (sending Matt Thornton to Boston), general manager Rick Hahn has been mapping out his strategy for weeks, going back at least a month when he had a conversation with Rios while the White Sox played the Twins in Minnesota.

"I talked to (Hahn), and I let him know how I felt about the organization and how I feel about staying here. But at the same time, if it has to happen, it has to happen," Rios said. "I'm not saying that I want to stay here and I'm going to be mad if I get traded because I understand the situation. This is the place I would like to be, and he knows it."

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Chicago is also where Peavy wants to be. It's why he signed a two-year contract with the White Sox this past offseason. Jake doesn't want to say good-bye, but you can tell he senses the end is near.

"There are some guys on this team who are truly like family to me. You wanted (a championship) to happen here. Obviously, it doesn't look so good this year,"  Peavy said. "To get traded to a team in the middle of the season to a team in the middle of a pennant race and every game matters, I'm sure that would be exciting. That was kind of the case here when I came over in 2009. I do know what it's like and it's exciting, so if that happens, that's a positive for sure."

In the meantime, Peavy will keep pitching for the White Sox.

And if a phone call comes from the front office, Jake knows this:

"They're not going to be asking me, 'Where are we going to eat for lunch?'"

More like, "Your new team wants you there by dinner."