According to reports on both ESPN and SI.com, the Padres and White Sox have agreed on a deal that would send Jake Peavy to Chicago in exchange for perhaps 2007 first-rounder Aaron Poreda and two or three other players. Peavy must waive his no-trade clause for the two teams to consummate this deal. The right-handed pitcher would be moving from the pitcher-friendly NL West to the AL Central and is due a guaranteed $49 million from 2010-2012. If this trade is contingent upon the White Sox’s picking up Peavy’s $22 million 2013 option, it would involve quite an investment.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 17-22, 5.5 games out of first in the central. While Peavy clearly makes them better right now, I’m not sure it’s enough for them to take on the Tigers. After all, run scoring and not run prevention has been the White Sox’s main problem this year.