BOSTON -- Jake Peavy doesn’t believe his former team needs to rebuild.
Peavy acknowledged Friday afternoon he feels very comfortable with the Boston Red Sox, who acquired him from the White Sox in a three-team deal on July 30.
But just because Peavy is no longer part of the White Sox equation he doesn’t feel the organization is far from being competitive.
Peavy, who is set to face his old team on Saturday night, thinks the White Sox are much better than their 56-76 record indicates. He is impressed with the young pitching and a position side improved by the acquisitions of Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia.
“You’ve got Chris Sale who is as good as anybody in the game at the top,” Peavy said. “You’ve got some big arms in the back of the bullpen. You acquired some good position players and obviously (Paul Konerko) and (Adam Dunn) are getting older, but (owner Jerry Reinsdorf has) always got money. That team’s going to be right in the thick of things. I can’t see a long rebuilding process there.”
The White Sox enter a three-game set at Boston with five straight series victories and six of seven overall. The team’s recent play -- they’re 16-7 since Aug. 5 -- is more in line with what the club expected, Peavy said.
Peavy doesn’t believe he’d be in Boston had the White Sox got out to a better start. But he’s not about playing for the Red Sox, either.
“We could have done a few small things that would have flipped 10 or 15 games in our direction and that probably would have got us to a different start and I can’t see myself, if that would have happened, wearing this uniform,” Peavy said. “It was not my choice and I was not excited about leaving Chicago. That being said, I couldn’t be any more excited to be right here right now and this is the way it should have been.”