White Sox GM Kenny Williams has long been known as one of baseball's biggest wheelers and dealers, a guy never afraid to make a splash with a big trade.
And after a relatively quiet (for him) offseason, Williams appears to have struck again. SI.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that the White Sox and Padres have agreed to a deal that will finally send Peavy to Chicago — just not to the title-hungry Cubs, as long has been expected.
Chicago's package is said to include pitchers Clayton Richard(notes) and Aaron Poreda and the deal is still contingent upon Peavy waiving his no-trade clause. Though it would appear Peavy is fed up with losing in San Diego and is said to prefer playing in the Midwest, the San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that Peavy may have some reservations in playing for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
However, Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper just said on The Score 670 that he's sure that the reports of Guillen being a roadblock are "not accurate."
Cooper also said he isn't sure if anything is official:
"Nobody's telling me anything; I know nothing about it. But it's sure an interesting rumor ... Any time you can get a pitcher like this, it generates good vibes. "
Though picking up Peavy would be a nice shot in the arm for the 17-22 White Sox, who haven't received any consistent pitching from anyone not named Mark Buehrle(notes), it wouldn't be an immediate launch back into the AL Central race. The South Siders still need a center fielder and their defense is thin at almost any spot you can imagine.
Still, the AL Central will be close all season and it sure doesn't hurt to start fixing leaks in a division that features teams with plenty of deficiencies.
We'll see if Peavy agrees. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: The San Diego Union Tribune now has a story on their website with the headline "Peavy Deal To White Sox NOT Imminent." Here we go again?
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