Huge breaking news out of Major League Baseball earlier this afternoon, as the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres had reportedly agreed to a deal that would send ace pitcher Jake Peavy to Chicago in return for four players. The deal however has been rejected by the star pitcher, utilizing his no-trade clause.
On normal occasion, players very gratefully ignore the clause and opt to follow through with a trade. However, Peavy has just purchased a brand new home in Southern California, and has expressed concern with playing in the American League. U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, is known to be a hitter’s park, which would very much have faired against Peavy. Also, several players in the past have been quite reluctant to play and perform for “colorful” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Peavy is 3-5 this season so far with a 3.82 ERA and 69 strikeouts. He spoke to White Sox pitcher Scott Linebrink last night. Linebrink had this to say to ESPN Radio:
“Jake called me [Wednesday] afternoon to ask about what it’s like here in Chicago. 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.”
The four players the White Sox had planned to move included pitchers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richards, amongst others.
More to come as details become available.