Jake Peavy, Blue Jays a match 0
White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy gestures toward Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra on first base at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 13, 2012. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)
Well, here is a turn of events that may warm the hearts of Toronto Blue Jays fans.
The Chicago White Sox will not pick up the $22-million club option they have on right-hander Jake Peavy which would send him diving into the free agent waters.
The list of talent for the crop of free agents this off-season is not particularly deep in talent so that Peavy, 31, would stand out in the crowd and be the second rated pitcher back of Zack Greinke, now toiling for the Los Angeles Angels.
The option may just be a tad pricey for the White Sox who also have catcher A.J. Pierzynski, reliever Brett Myers, starter Francisco Liriano and third baseman Kevin Youkilis as potential free agents.
Peavy, a former Cy Young winner with the San Diego Padres, has come back from shoulder surgery to post an 11-11 record. He'll make his 30th start on Friday. He also has an excellent ERA of 3.26 with a 1.11 WHIP and 171 strikeouts. He is a proven work horse as he has tossed 198 2/3 innings and has registered four complete games.
In short, he would be the perfect fit for the Blue Jays, who are in great need of upgrading their rotation.
The Jays, though, haven't had great success after acquiring White Sox pitchers. There was the Mike Sirotka trade in January of 2001 and last season they obtained closer Sergio Santos. Sirotka never pitched an inning for the Jays after requiring shoulder surgery. Santos, meanwhile, appeared in just six games this season before receiving season-ending shoulder surgery in July.
However, they say the third time's a charm.