The Oakland Athletics have a solid pitching rotation, but they could still be looking to grab some help at the trade deadline.
According to CBSSports’ Jon Heyman, the A’s have become a “dark-horse player” for Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy.
Sources tell Heyman that GM Billy Beane would “prefer to acquire a very good starting pitcher than a mediocre hitter, no matter his own need.”
Heyman reports that the A’s had a scout at Peavy’s recent start in Atlanta, and will continue to monitor his outings.
While Peavy isn’t the ace that he used to be with the San Diego Padres, he is still a quality starter, with a 7-4 record and a 4.19 ERA in 12 games this season.
The 12-year veteran has a career record of 127-97 and a ERA of 3.49. He won the National League Cy Young award with the Padres in 2007, when he won 19 games and had a 2.54 ERA.
Injuries and other setbacks have prevented him from returning to his Cy Young form, but nonetheless, he would be a solid addition to the A’s rotation that consists of four young pitchers and Bartolo Colon, who could be suspended at any moment for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
Numerous other teams are also interested in Peavy, with Heyman reporting that the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are the top suitors.
Peavy has one more year on a two year, $29 million contract that he signed in 2012, and is owed $14.5 million for next season.
However, it is rare that the A’s trade for a player with such a large salary, so Beane will have to convince the White Sox to eat a portion of Peavy’s contract if he is to acquire the veteran starter.