A’s eying Peavy, but price is high
Jake Peavy is prepared to be traded, and the A’s are doing their best to ensure it’s them who lands the veteran righty.
Peavy cleaned out his locker in Chicago on Sunday morning, in advance of the White Sox’s upcoming road trip, and has as many as five reported suitors: the A’s, Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and Dodgers.
Oakland, despite owning an American-League best 3.58 ERA entering the day, is in the market for starting pitching. The A’s can’t get enough of it, especially with a sporadic offense that likely won’t be upgraded this week.
It’s a good fit for a high price. A really, really high price.
Peavy is owed approximately $24 million — including $14.5 million next year — and holds a player option worth $15 million for 2015. Oakland’s total payroll currently peeks just above the $60 million mark. And it’s highest-paid players are Chris Young and Yoenis Cespedes, at $8.5 million apiece.
The A’s might be able to take on Peavy’s contract should the White Sox agree to absorb most of his salary, but they’re reportedly not willing to do that.
And the A’s, it seems, aren’t willing to part with players Chicago has eyed, including pitchers Dan Straily and Sonny Gray. Shortstop Addison Russell, Oakland’s 2012 No. 1 Draft pick, also isn’t on the table.
Given all of this, completing a trade seems complicated. But Billy Beane is involved, and there’s no telling what he could do before Wednesday, which marks the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said the team is “looking at a number of things,” but noted he’d be content with sticking with his current group that holds a six-game lead over the Rangers following Sunday’s victory over the Angels.
“I’ve stayed pretty constant in saying I like the group we have,” he said.
– Jane Lee