Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

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Sox Drawer: How Close was Peavy to Cubs?

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010
6:30 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

Not sure how many Cubs fans read the Sox Drawer, but a warning to those who do: The following sentence from Jake Peavy could be hazardous to your health.

My agent called me and said, This trade to the Cubs is about to go down, its about to get done, Peavy said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet about his near trade last winter to the North Side. In the next couple of days, we basically agreed on a deal. I was excited about the opportunity.

But as we know, that opportunity never materialized.

Talks between the Padres and Cubs broke down. The same with the Padres and White Sox later that May after Peavy vetoed the deal, preferring to stay in the National League for the moment. However, Kenny Williams made one last attempt to pry Peavy loose last July, and just minutes before the trade deadline, Peavy gave the Padres the green light to send him to the Sox.

But how fortunes would have changed had Peavy gone to the Cubs ...

I knew I was getting ready to leave San Diego, Peavy recalled. It was just inevitable, and I was excited about going to a great city and great franchise. I dont want to sit here because were arch rivals and talk bad about the Cubs. Theyve got a great franchise and history and I was excited about being a part of that, but it didnt work out and Im certainly glad about where I am today.

Peavy is from the South. Does he have a little South Side in him?

There is, Peavy said with a laugh. You know what I love about the White Sox, they seem to be a blue collar team. We dont have any prima donnas, no pretty boys. Were just a bunch of good ol boys who dont mind getting dirty. If you look at the past, Carlton Fisk, even our manager Ozzie, were just a bunch of good ol boys.

Ozzie Guillen, a good ol boy? Thats a first.

I think we embrace the people of the South Side of Chicago, and certainly that relates to where I come from for sure.

Jake admits that hes a fiery guy, which just so happens to be a trait shared by his catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, and his manager, who can occasionally be a bad good ol boy.

Does Peavy expect to see some problems from time to time?

It certainly has all the capabilities to," he said. "Im passionate and believe what I believe, and A.J. and Ozzie are the same way. But at the end of the day, we love one another. Its all going to be in good fun, if anything was to happen. But Ill certainly back down to anything from my manager. Hes the one in charge. But Im going to speak my mind in a respectful way, Ill promise you that.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez followed a two-out walk of Chris Owings in the bottom of the fourth inning. It broke a scoreless tie and gave Greinke all the breathing room he needed.

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.

Gonzalez was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. After he walked nine batters in his previous two starts, Gonzalez walked only one on Monday. The right-hander also yielded a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt. Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings. 

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

PHOENIX -- The White Sox rebuild has another significant addition in Luis Robert, one general manager Rick Hahn won’t discuss until the deal is final.

But that didn’t stop the White Sox general manager from dropping a massive hint during Monday’s media session at Chase Field. As he discussed each aspect of player acquisition, Hahn briefly and, it would seem purposely, paused when he brought up international prospects. Hahn said he’s pleased with how much talent the White Sox have accumulated in the last 11 months only two days after club signed Robert. While Robert is yet another critical piece to the team’s future, Hahn again suggested the White Sox are only part way through the process.

“We were obviously thrilled with the draft last year and we’re getting ready to hopefully repeat that in the coming weeks,” Hahn said. “We’ve been able to do some things internationally that, umm, nice additions to the system potentially. And the last several trades we’ve done have put us in a stronger position as an organization.

“But we’re pleased with what we’ve been able to do in the last 10-11 months (and) we know we’ve got to repeat that over the next 10-11 again to put ourselves in the position we want to be in for the long term.”

Robert is just the latest puzzle piece that the White Sox have added. Hahn started to scoop up high-end talent last June with the additions of Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and others in the amateur draft. Each of the team’s first five selections was listed in Baseball America’s top-10 White Sox prospect list when it was first issued in November. But that list was totally overhauled when the White Sox added seven more prospects in December with the trades of Adam Eaton and Chris Sale.

The addition of Robert (pronounced Robber), who could be ranked the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox farm system, is the latest big piece. He potentially gives the White Sox another big bat in the future, one that was needed as many of the recent additions have been pitchers.

The White Sox also hold the 11th overall pick in June’s draft and are hopeful for another bountiful draft class. They expect to hold a high pick in the 2018 draft as well.

And that doesn’t count the young talent they could add later this summer when the White Sox begin to sell off more pieces around the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Though the club has outperformed expectations with its 20-22 start, Hahn has always maintained the club is focused on the big picture. That view would appear to include Hahn picking up his mobile phone often over the next few months.

“We’ve received a lot of phone calls because of the talent on this roster,” Hahn said. “We’re remaining very open-minded about whatever opportunities make us better for the long run. Our focus is on doing something that’s more sustainable than one season. We’re in the same mode we were in this past offseason, looking for opportunities to find some long-term pieces to put us in a place to contend on annual basis.

“It’s gotta fit for the long term. That’s sort of the same approach for the entire offseason that was build something for the future. Some of it you’re seeing here in 2017 and some of it’s going to take a little longer.”