Ken Rosenthal has confirmed a late deadline deal that sends Padres ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard, and righties Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.
In other words, it’s the same exact deal the two teams agreed on two months ago, only to have Peavy utilize his no-trade clause to nix it.
According to Peavy’s agent, Barry Aexelrod, Peavy decided to accept the move this time after growing weary of the constant trade rumors.
“I think Jake just got to the breaking point,” Axelrod said. “One team wanted him bad enough, and the other team wanted to get rid of him.”
Peavy, 28, is currently on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle. The date of his return is uncertain.
He is signed for $15 million next season, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, with a $22 million club option for 2013.
It was obvious the Padres were intent on making a big deal today, and after failing to move Heath Bell or Adrian Gonzalez, they decided to revisit the Peavy to White Sox trade.
It’s an interesting deal for the White Sox, considering Peavy’s current health status, but they now have one of the best pitchers in baseball under control for the next five seasons, so it’s a positive step for the future.
As far as the Padres go, they are in full-on rebuilding mode, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Bell and Gonzalez are moved next winter.