Peavy: "Absolutely nothing with my body is hurting me"

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Peavy: "Absolutely nothing with my body is hurting me"

Jake Peavy allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks in his two innings of work against Milwaukee on Wednesday. That's not a big deal, since the starter said after the game all he was doing was working on command of his fastball, so the Brewers were able to tee off on a few of them.

But the real story, at least for Peavy, is that he's feeling fine after his start. Check out his comments below:

That's certainly good news, even if it's only following two innings. Peavy's health will be monitored as closely as anyone this year, and any sign of trouble will be cause for concern. Unfortunately, that's the state of Jake Peavy right now, as Chicago Tribune Live explained:

Peavy will turn 31 in late May. That's not too late for a renaissance, but his window is closing fast. He hasn't made 30 or more starts in a season since winning the Cy Young in 2007 and hasn't made 20 or more since 2008. His high-water mark for innings pitched since coming to the Sox is 111 23, with that coming last year. And his ERA with the Sox is 4.49, although he's shown more flashes of brilliance than that number would indicate.

Peavy's 2012 season is not only important to the White Sox -- losing him to an injury would test the organization's starting pitching depth -- but it's also incredibly important to the rest of his career. The Sox aren't likely to pick up his option for 2013 and will probably buy him out for 4 million after the season is over.

A good, injury-free 2012 could land Peavy a nice multi-year deal. But another injury-riddled campaign will almost certainly mean he'll have to take a one-year deal and once again have to prove himself.

If Peavy's healthy, success will come. But that's a big if given the last few years.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.