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white_sox-old-school-logoAlthough I am not a fly on the wall, and none of us knows for certain how things play out behind closed doors, the White Sox appear to have engaged in the must unbelievable public leveraging in recent memory.

After Jake Peavy hurried back from a rib injury so that he could make a few starts before the Trade Deadline, everyone understood that now he was going to be traded. Even Peavy understood it to be true, reportedly bringing suitcases with him on Sunday to pack up his stuff.

It’s a weak market, and the White Sox look to be on the precipice of a deep decline whether they rebuild or not. Selling Peavy for the best return they can get is a no-brainer.

Except then GM Rick Hahn said the White Sox might not move Peavy, and reports surfaced that the White Sox were telling other teams that they planned to keep Peavy and “build around him.” Everyone everywhere totally believed it, White Sox.

And now, this morning, Mark Gonzales reports that the White Sox are expected to promote Andre Rienzo to pitch in Peavy’s place tonight, whether Peavy is dealt by then or not. So, the White Sox plan to keep Peavy and build around him, but they’re going to sit him tonight just in case?

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the White Sox simply didn’t like the offers they were getting for Peavy – 32, and making $14.5 million each of this and next year, with a $15 million vesting player option (probably won’t vest, but could) for 2015 – and tried to do a little dance. Now that they’re up against his next start, they appear to be revealing that, yeah, Peavy’s likely to be dealt before the Deadline.

I’d expect Peavy to be on the move by tomorrow’s Trade Deadline, making him the best starting pitcher on the market right now, unless the Phillies become a little more flexible on their Cliff Lee demands. The Cubs could conceivably still be shopping Carlos Villanueva as a starter, so there might be fringe impact there. There was always a chance that, if neither Peavy nor Lee were available, a team would get desperate and try to blow the Cubs away on Jeff Samardzija, but that still looks very unlikely, regardless of this Peavy stuff.

  • Cubbie Tim

    Doing a great job Brett.
    Baba Booey

  • JB88

    Make me a Blog Post, Clown!

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

      I’m gonna make you a Blog Post. But I don’t want to make you a Blog Post.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    First of all, the Sox Peavy thing is not unlike Jeff S a solid package gets them. Nothing is dead til the bell rings at 4:00 Pm Wed

  • #23

    Unless the offer is really great, I would rather just keep Schierholtz, Russell, and Villanueva for next year. I also wouldn’t mind trying to sign Navarro and Gregg later for next year. I don’t mind trading Barney and DeJesus though now if possible.

    • TonyP

      I would love to trade Barney. Is anyone seeking a utility infielder?

      • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

        I’m so sick of Barney, at this point I’d *almost* prefer to move Valby over there and call up Olt to struggle at third. I’m getting real sick of Barney’s 600 OPS and his “plus” defense has gone missing.

        • gocatsgo2003

          What difference does it make to have an offensively-challenged 3B instead of an offensively-challenged 2B? Olt clearly has the higher ceiling for offensive production, but it doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference this year — six of one, half dozen of the other.

          • TonyP

            The difference for me is that Barney has proved he isn’t going to hit enough to warrant a started job for long. If we can get some value for him coming off a GG year then I would prefer that….

  • RizzoCastro

    I think if the Cubs can extend Shark than you have to do it, but if he wont do a team friendly deal to some extent then I say if a team blows you away with an offer take it. Maybe even if he would sign a team friendly deal I think if a team blows you away with an offer you take it and look ahead to 2015.

  • Justin

    Silly White Sox.. Amateur hour over there on the southside apparently.

    • YourResidentJag

      Remember it’s about them drawing an upturn of fans by keeping familiar faces…you know like they did in 2012. Oh, wait.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    Peavy can still be waived after the deadline. 1 on 1 trade once claimed or he clears.

    • Cubbie Blues

      He wouldn’t clear.

  • Chef Brian

    To think that could have been our GM…

  • Tom

    Am I crazy to kind of hope we get a “blow away offer” for Shark? I mean, I love me some Samardzija, but the idea of getting 2-3 top prospects back for him is really enticing. I know it won’t happen – but given Jeff’s (reported) reluctance to even consider a team friendly extension I’d much rather have 3 long term assets rather than 1. I’m secretly hoping that Peavy stays with the Sox and the Phillies continue their insanity so that when tomorrow rolls around the Pirates decide to go all in on Shark.

    • Cyranojoe

      You’re not crazy. Everybody wants to get blown away, and we’ve become particularly attuned to the idea of getting stellar prospects. I love Shark, and I’m tempted, too. But yes, it’s gotta be a “blow away offer”, or no dice, and even then…

    • Dustin S

      If the Pirates offer both Taillon and Glasnow, and maybe even a tad more like a C prospect…or who knows what else if Schierholtz goes too, it would be tough to pass up. It would be painful in the short run, but if scouting reports on Taillon and Glasnow are correct it might be worth it.

      As a side-note, at last night’s game some Brewers fans behind me actually were making the argument in the 8th inning when it was 0-0 that PEDs should be legal because the games are boring without the offense. They also argued that we shouldn’t care about the player’s health on PEDs because of the millions they make. Unbelievable…I have to assume it was the beer talking.

    • Kyle

      I don’t know if prospect obsession necessarily makes you “crazy.” Maybe a little?

  • Edwin

    Maybe the Cubs can finally trade for Peavy now, and then flip him next year. Joking, of course.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    It looks like Skulina and Jose Dore are getting called up to KC. JCP and Kevin Encarnacion down to Boise.

  • CubsFaninMS

    You look at organizations like the Cardinals and get a little skeptical. A team absolutely loaded with talent in the minors and raking in the majors. Then, you see where the White Sox, Angels and Blue Jays are at and you realize that, from top-to-bottom, we’re at least middle of the pack. Our farm systems is most certainly Top 5 and our MLB team is showing flashes (albeit small flashes) of talent and making a run for .500. We have a long ways to go until everything translates into a successfull Chicago Cubs, but you see our front office making much bolder moves than most teams in our shoes.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    Teams like Pitt Cleve Ariz even Oak will get what they deserve not trading to get over the hump

  • LWeb23

    Just found this on Boise’s website:

    Cubs’ fourth-round pick, pitcher Tyler Skulina, and outfielder, Jose Dore, will join the Cougars this evening, while two former Hawks, pitcher Juan Paniagua and outfielder Kevin Encarnacion, return to Boise.

    • Cedlandrum

      Interesting. Too bad Dunston is hurt.

    • cms0101

      I’m not sure I get why Dore is going up. Encarnacion isn’t lighting it up in Kane Co., but Dore certainly isn’t hitting in Boise either. If Dunston is hurt, why not Hanneman or Balaguert? Dore plays 1st too, so maybe there’s a subsequent Vogelbach move up to Daytona coming. Dore is a non-prospect, so I shouldn’t waste too much time reading into it I guess. Hopefully one or more of the other guys makes it to KC when Almora, Vogelbach, and maybe Amaya get moved to Daytona.

  • Vulcan

    If we do decide to extend Shark(nado), what kind of money & years would he be looking for?

    • MichiganGoat

      I think he is asking for the moon something like 6+ years btwn 13-15M a year.

      • Vulcan

        Yikes. Steep price.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    Tanking on purpose by not fielding the best players $$ can buy. If you can’t develop then buy a need. They tried last year got Ejax

    • gocatsgo2003

      So… don’t pay attention to the potential long-term consequences of overpaying for free agents on the open market (see Soriano, Alfonso) and BUY ALL THE PLAYERS!!!

  • DALEARES

    Being a Cub fan for … well, since Ernie Banks broke in. I have lived thru 1960 and 2005. As recently as the end of May 2013… listening to the Morning “Sox” hack (Mully) on the SCORE chortle about beginning a series with the Cubs and several other soon to be easily rolled over opponents. After all the Sox just climbed back to .500 a sure sign of future dominance… The Sox were far superior… they had Peavy, and Sale and Don Cooper (pitching houdini). They were poised for the pennant run at the Tigers! World series anyone?

    So their current futility (16-39) is a great joy to me … I hope they hang on to Peavy, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, their 2nd base guy and the guy the Cubs rejected at third base, Rios… I hope they build around all those guys. This would ensure that I will have a happy summer in 2014 watching the Cubs become more competitive and the SOX, stay where they are or worse. I love Hawk and Farmer when they goes silent for 30 seconds at a time and complain about umpires and how they are screwed at every turn.

    They have every excuse except the team is bad and needs to be blown up. Rick… change nothing. Leave everything as it is.

  • aCubsFan

    As I read the other day, there’s a huge problem for the White Sox with trading Peavy. They value Peavy higher than Garza. Reportedly, the White Sox want more players and/or better players than the Cubs got for Garza, however, most of the teams potentially interested in Peavy don’t have the same value for him.

    • Rcleven

      Peavy being at 14MM is not helping his trade value. Starts to limit trades to large market teams with money to burn.

    • Justin

      Yeah, I never bought into the fact that Peavy being under control at $14.5 Mill next yr as a good thing. The chances of that dude remaining remotely healthy thru next yr seem pretty slim.. That’s a major price for a guy whose ribs can break while he pitches..

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  • another JP

    On top of Peavy not having a history of health the White Sox did a rotten job on marketing his services. They won’t receive nearly the return they’re asking for, and in comparison to what Shark could offer a team it’s much better to give up some prime prospects to the Cubs than deal with Peavy’s issues.

  • Rcleven

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN 26s

    The Diamondbacks have been considering Peavy for weeks, and if they get cash adjustment,they could make a deal. Towers/Peavy history strong.

  • Rcleven

    Robert Murray ‏@RobertMurrayMLB 4m

    The #Athletics are not out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes, per reports. They fear a Bartolo Colon Biogenesis suspension, per @thekapman.

    This is becoming Crazy.

  • jeff1969

    What the White Sox have done since they won the World Series should be a lesson to everyone. Kenny Williams and now Rick Hahn have allowed that team to rot from the DSL to the bench at US Cellular. They seem to be utterly in capable of drafting even decent minor league performers let along major league contributors, and recently, they don’t even have decent looking prospects to trade for the types they usually go after. I don’t worship at the alter of Theo & Jed, but thank god the Cubs got the FO they did. The White Sox are going to suck for a decade at least and I don’t think their FO can get them out of it. That being said, I think Peavy is going to the Diamondbacks, for something like Ian Kennedy, maybe Parra or Pollock, and that OF Marte with the Sox paying about 70% of what Peavy is owed. If they’re lucky. Go Cubs.

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