Peavy isn't getting caught up in trade rumors
White Sox acquired the veteran right-hander on Deadline day in 2009
CHICAGO -- More bags than usual surrounded Jake Peavy on Sunday's getaway day, as the right-hander stood at his locker in the U.S. Cellular Field clubhouse well aware this could be his last game as a member of the White Sox on Chicago's South Side.
Peavy's name has been a popular one in rumors heading into Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the veteran right-hander has been linked to the A's, Cardinals, Orioles, Red Sox and Braves, among others.
Despite the chatter, half a dozen suitcases and clean locker, Peavy said he didn't give much thought to Sunday being his last game at U.S. Cellular Field.
"You treat it like any other day, you just come in, get your work done, get ready to pitch against Cleveland Tuesday night, and go out there at game time and pull for your teammates," said Peavy, who is scheduled to face the Indians on Tuesday.
Peavy and the White Sox have dealt with trade rumors for much of the last two weeks. He quipped that it's almost become normal getting asked about his future on a daily basis.
The 32-year-old right-hander has been here before, being dealt to Chicago from San Diego on Deadline day in 2009.
How he came to the White Sox -- and how he might leave -- make Peavy's nearly four-year stint in Chicago special. The White Sox acquired an injured Peavy who was a year and half removed from his 2007 National League Cy Young Award. He arrived injured after being an ace, was injured again, and then listened to fans clamor for the ace he once was.
Now, as another Trade Deadline approaches, Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.263 WHIP and the most sought-after arm on the market.
"I think the biggest thing is to fight back through that, have a successful year as a team last year, come so close," Peavy said. "And this year, to pitch well for the most part and give the guys a chance to win. I've had a pleasurable time here in Chicago. I love this city, that's why I did not even go to free agency this winter with a little bit of a case to. If it was the last time, it's been all I ever imagined, but we'll see how that plays out."
White Sox players prep with Deadline near
CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura was traded once on July 31, so the White Sox manager knows what his players have been going through as Wednesday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
"It's just an anxious time," said Ventura, who was dealt on Deadline day in 2003 from the Yankees to the Dodgers. "You, as a player, you don't really know what's going on. You don't get a whole lot of information."
The trade rumors weren't nearly as prevalent back in 2003 as they are now, which makes it harder on teams and players -- especially the White Sox, who have numerous players hearing their names in the rumor mill. Among those are right-hander Jake Peavy, right fielder Alex Rios, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and a handful of bullpen arms.
Rios has reportedly been linked to the Pirates and Rangers, while Peavy's rumored suiters include the Red Sox, Cardinals, Braves, Orioles and A's.
"Sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn't," Ventura said. "I don't know if there's a perfect science to it. No matter how many times you've been through it, if you're not in control it's a little difficult to go through sometimes."
Like Ventura, Peavy is a veteran of Trade Deadline deals, coming to Chicago on the day of the 2009 Deadline. So, as the White Sox prepared for Sunday's series finale against the Royals before embarking on a seven-game road trip beginning Monday in Cleveland, Peavy strolled into the White Sox clubhouse with multiple bags packed -- just in case.
"The rumors have been there enough that he's just prepared," Ventura said. "That's part of the way we played and what your record is, that's what it is. ... I don't think he wants to go, I don't want him to go, but he has to be prepared and that's where we're at right now. Going on the road, that's it. Again, he has the respect of everybody."
Ventura said general manager Rick Hahn hasn't keep him apprised of daily talks or whether this rumor has substance while that one doesn't. The manager also said he doesn't mind not knowing the numbers in Hahn's call log.
All Ventura and his players know is that it's going to be an anxiety-filled clubhouse for a few more days.
"There's an elephant in the room, and it's Wednesday [at 3 o'clock]," Ventura said. "That's going to be there just because all the rumors going around, players talking. That's the reality of it."
Third to first
• Gordon Beckham made a potentially scary catch in Saturday's second inning. The second baseman backpedaled on a popup to shallow center, caught the ball, then fell to the ground -- where he rolled and did a headstand before tumbling back to the ground, ball in glove. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly a textbook catch.
"We don't teach that but as long as he caught it, I guess it's better than nothing," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It was entertaining, we'll say."
Ventura awarded Beckham no style points on the play.
• Right-hander Erik Johnson, MLB.com's No. 2 White Sox prospect, was activated from the Triple-A disabled list to start for Charlotte on Sunday. Johnson, making only his third Triple-A start, was placed on the DL on July 4 with a right groin strain.
Ventura said he doesn't follow the Minor Leagues closely, but is told of what's going on -- such as Andre Rienzo's recent no-hitter and Scott Snodgress' recent success (3-0, 0.33 ERA in last four starts).
"They give you the information, who's playing well, who's pitching well, options," Ventura said. "In case something happens, who would be the logical choice. I don't necessarily get to see it, but you get updated."
• Center fielder Alejandro De Aza entered Sunday's finale batting .410 with five doubles and two home runs in his last 15 games, seven of which have been multi-hit efforts.