In the first major trade of the young season, the Chicago White Sox may have just landed themselves on of the games top pitchers, Jake Peavy.
According to a report on ESPN by Peter Gammons,
The San Diego Padres have agreed to trade staff ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox and are waiting for Peavy to decide if he will waive his no-trade clause, sources tell ESPN.
Peavy has a full no-trade clause and can veto the deal.
Bruce Levine of ESPN, also added that White Sox players in the deal include left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard and left-hander Aaron Poreda, a former No. 1 draft pick.
The report also mentiones that Jake Peavy actually called White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink last night for his opinion about going to Chicago and got strong feedback, according to Gammons.
“Jake called me Wednesday afternoon to ask about what it’s like here in Chicago,” said Linebrink, “I think he’s ready to move on, but I can’t tell you for sure he’s going to accept the deal. Losing 100 games, like they did last year, wears on a player. Right now, I’d say it’s 50-50 as to whether he accepts it or not. He’ll get with his family today and make a decision.”
Linebrink was Peavy’s teammate in San Diego. Peavy is owed $11 million dollars this season and is currently 3-5 with a 3.82 ERA. Peavy signed a three-year, $52 million extension, which begins in 2010.