Jul 20, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Oakland Athletics "Very Much in the Hunt" for Jake Peavy

The Oakland Athletics are continuing their pursuit of Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy as the trade deadline nears, according to multiple reports.

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that the A’s are “very much in the hunt” for Peavy, while Dan Hayes of CSNChicago even claims that the A’s are frontrunners.

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.

Peavy acknowledged on Sunday that he will likely be with a different team come August 1st.

“It is sad to think that this is probably my last day in here,” Peavy told ESPN. “We all realize the reality of the situation and I am prepared with that to happen soon.”

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.

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 GM Billy Beane will have to convince the White Sox to eat a portion of Peavy’s contract if he is to acquire the veteran starter.

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