Have you heard the news? The White Sox, not the Cubs, have obtained ace pitcher Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres, contingent on Peavy agreeing to the deal. The Sox reportedly give up a package of youth including promising young pitchers Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda, who will be missed. Yet otherwise what’s not to like? It commits the Sox to competing this season with the last of their core group from the 2005 world championship (I never get tired of writing that clause), but as Peavy is signed through 2012, with a club option for an additional year, he also gives them an ace in front of John Danks and Gavin Floyd for the next-wave Sox of Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo. ESPN reports that the only thing holding Peavy back is the idea of working for the mercurial Ozzie Guillen. Yet Ozzie’s a blast on a daily basis, and Scott Linebrink has supposedly sent back nothing but positive reports. So come on, Jake, make the rest of the American League Central — and the Cubs — peeved.
UPDATE: Several sources are now reporting that it’s unlikely Peavy will agree to the deal. White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink told reporters that it was fifty-fifty whether his former teammate would be coming to the south side. Other potential deal breakers are AL lineups as compared to the National League’s and homer-friendly Sox Park. The San Diego Union-Tribune predicts that it’s more likely that Peavy will face the Cubs on Friday than that he’ll be suiting up for the Sox.