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Jake Peavy denies the White Sox, gives them blue balls.

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Jake Peavy was rumored to be on his way to the Chicago White Sox as late as 7:30 last night. Peter Gammons thought it was a done deal. Chicago thought it was a done deal.

It wasn’t.

This ball is going up your ass Chicago.

Late yesterday evening, the San Diego Padre’s hurler exercised his full no-trade clause and blocked the proposed deal. Peavy’s preference to stay in the National League is storied; he’s been the part of trade rumors with every American League team, from Boston to Baltimore to Tampa, yet he still remains a Friar. That, coupled with the fact that Chicago is not a true contender, ultimately influenced Peavy’s decision.

In my opinion, Chicago shouldn’t feel too bad about losing him.

Don’t get me wrong, having a perennial All-Star and former Cy Young award winner on your team is always a good thing. I just don’t think Peavy would have performed at the level that the White Sox brass expected. Bringing Jake Peavy to Chicago would not have brought them any closer to a World Championship.

Peavy has spent his whole career in the notoriously pitcher-friendly Petco Park. The stadium’s large dimensions are infamous for turning monstrous blasts into nothing more than fly ball outs. A trade to Chicago’s West Side would bring Peavy into an extremely hitter-friendly park in U.S. Cellular Field. Cellular Field has ranked in the top 10 hitter’s parks for the past five years and while homerun rates are down this year, the weather is yet to heat up in Chicago.

While there’s pressure associated with being the ace of any team, there is, admittedly, less pressure associated with being the ace of the San Diego Padres than the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are expected to win while San Diego is expected to be another team’s fodder unless Peavy is on the mound.

Peavy would be brought on with the expectation that Chicago would crack the playoffs. If they did make the playoffs with Peavy, it’s another scary situation because Peavy has all but disappeared in postseason play. He holds a career 0-2 record with a 12.10 ERA in postseason appearances.

Chicago GM Kenny Williams has worked hard to bolster Chicago’s minor league system by drafting some great arms and augmenting it with bats acquired in trades. According to multiple reports, Chicago would lose its #3 and #5 ranked prospects in Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard if the Peavy deal had gone through. They would also, presumably, lose another two prospects, further depleting the organization’s depth.

Both Poreda and Richard are lefthanded pitchers. Quality lefties are a needle in a haystack. Poreda has the upside of being a dominant reliever at the big league level. He throws a fastball that touches 100 mph. Richard, who has already had his cup of coffee with the big league team, is pitching ably this year with a 4.33 ERA through 27.1 innings. You don’t just replace that out of thin air.

Bringing Jake Peavy to Chicago would not be a good move. He’s unproven outside of San Diego. He’s a postseason flop. Chicago would be losing its only organizational pitching depth. The deal had bust written all over it.

Chicago should address its one-dimensional brand of slugging baseball before it goes and does something drastic.

With all that being said, I must enter this caveat. Jake Peavy is quite possibly the best and most qualified pitcher that the White Sox could have possibly brought over. He doesn’t give up a lot of homeruns (less than one per 9 IP) and he gets nearly 3/4 of his outs on the ground using his sinker.


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