The White Sox have scratched Jake Peavy from his start against the Indians tonight in advance of Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
That accomplishes two things: He can’t get hurt and he’s now instantly available to pitch for any team that trades for him.
On Monday, the White Sox claimed they were planning to keep Peavy. That now appears to be a smokescreen. The Red Sox are among several teams with an interest in Peavy.
The hot rumor now is whether the Red Sox will meet the astronomically high price for Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee.
The Phillies want a package built around 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox have no intention of trading a player they feel will be a cornerstone for years to come.
The question is whether the Sox can construct a package built around other players. Worth noting: The Philles drafted Brandon Workman in 2007 and did not sign him.
The Phillies obtained Lee at the trade deadline in 2009 and went to the World Series, where they lost to the Yankees. The Rangers traded for Lee at the 2010 trade deadline and lost in the World Series to the Giants.
The Indians got Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson for Lee in 2009. The Mariners got Matthew Lawson, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Justin Smoak for Lee in 2010.
Not one of those eight players turned out to be much. The Phillies hope to change that, obviously. But there are under no pressure to trade Lee and can simply retain him unless their demands are met.
Two complications: Lee is signed for $25 million in 2014 and ’15 with a vesting option for $27.5 million or a $12.5 million buyout. He also has a no-trade clause that includes the Red Sox.
The clause is there to provide Lee with leverage. He would reportedly waive it for the right situation, which Boston would seemingly provide.