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.

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CLEVELAND — The White Sox are doing their part to make sure they don’t see a celebration this weekend.

Jose Quintana rebounded from a rough start and six players drove in runs as the White Sox snapped a six-game losing streak with a 8-1 victory over the first-place Cleveland Indians in front of 32,088 at Progressive Field. With their magic number at two, the Indians can now only clinch the American League Central with a win on Sunday and a loss by the Detroit Tigers.

Quintana (13-11) allowed a run over six innings to sew up only his second winning record in five seasons as a starter.

The White Sox offense got going early in support of Quintana, who improved his career mark to 46-45.

Melky Cabrera doubled in Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu singled Cabrera in as the White Sox took a 2-0 lead on Cody Anderson, one of eight Indians pitchers. Cabrera’s two-out RBI single in the fifth inning extended the White Sox lead to 3-1 and Todd Frazier belted a solo homer in the sixth to make it a three-run lead.

Avisail Garcia, Carlos Sanchez and Leury Garcia all had RBI singles during a four-run eighth inning.

Quintana didn’t look like he could buy an out in the early going as he struggled with command. He walked two batters in the first inning to load the bases and needed a hard-hit double play ball off Carlos Santana’s bat to escape unscathed.

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An inning later, Quintana gave up a pair of singles and walked Coco Crisp to load the bases again, this time with no outs. After a strike out of Roberto Perez, Quintana was aided when Crisp overran second base on an RBI single by Rajai Davis that got Cleveland within 2-1. But Quintana retired Jason Kipnis to avoid further damage and found a rhythm.

Whereas Quintana looked vulnerable in the first two innings, he looked infallible over his final four.

Facing the heart of Cleveland’s order in the third, Quintana induced three straight pop outs, which became a theme the rest of the way. Quintana pitched around a one-out double in the fourth inning and retired the side in order in the fifth, including two pop outs. He also got three more weakly hit pop outs in the sixth inning and retired 12 of the last 14 he he faced.

Quintana allowed a run and six hits with three walks in six innings.