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If Peavy can't take AL, Sox better without him

Posted on: May 21, 2009 7:57 pm
 
Jake Peavy has every right to decide he'd rather not pitch for the White Sox. If a player can't exercise a no-trade clause, why have one in the first place?

That said, if Peavy just doesn't like the idea of pitching in the tougher American League and in hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, well, the White Sox are better off without him.

When the news broke this morning that the Sox and Padres had agreed to a tentative trade for Peavy, White Sox people were understandably excited. The Sox are off to a bad start (even before their 20-1 loss to the Twins today), and a Peavy trade would no doubt energize the team. Besides that, the White Sox have never felt they had a legit No. 1 starter (maybe not since Jose Contreras was at his best in 2005).

There isn't another No. 1 starter on the market right now. There may not be another No. 1 starter on the market all year. White Sox general manager Ken Williams will keep searching for ways to get his team going, but there just isn't another Jake Peavy out there.

"There's not 10 better starting pitchers in baseball," one scout (who doesn't work for the White Sox) told me earlier today.

On stuff, maybe he is. But if I'm looking for an ace, I don't want a guy who has doubts about pitching in the AL -- or about pitching in a ballpark where the ball flies. I want a guy who thinks "I can win anywhere -- and I WILL win anywhere."

Had the trade gone through, the Sox would have been obligated to pay Peavy $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012.

That's reasonable money for an an ace. It's far too much for a guy with doubts.

It's fine for Peavy to say he'd prefer to stay in the National League. Greg Maddux is headed for the Hall of Fame, and he never wanted to leave the NL, either. Cole Hamels said last year that he never wants to pitch in the AL.

It's fine -- but it also suggests that the White Sox are better off without him.
Category: MLB
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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2009 3:26 pm
 

If Peavy can't take AL, Sox better without him

I know! I know!!! I know what it is!!!

Actually, maybe Peavy really hates the Cubs. And being anywhere close to them is being too close. Or maybe it's something about the fine city of Chicago (he hates blues? fearts the mob? Hates the Bears, etc, etc.) Maybe he has people he really likes in and around San Diego and Tijuana! Maybe he loves the San DIego Zoo! (Daddy, don't take us away from the zoo! But, they have a very nice art gallery and aquarium in Chigago! No, Daddy, we love the zoo!!!)

Yeah, yeah, sorry folks... just bein' silly!!!



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2009 6:46 pm
 

If Peavy can't take AL, Sox better without him

Knobler looks like a strung-out Bozo the Clown.  Get off Peavy's jock...I'm glad he put a kabosh on the Chi Sox.   


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