When the Chicago White Sox traded for Jake Peavy at the 2009 trade deadline they thought they were getting a star No. 1 starter to build around. In fact, what they’ve gotten is a mess of injuries and a total of 20 starts over the past two seasons.
The 29-year-old Peavy is currently recovering from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his back. It’s an incredibly rare injury that doesn’t have a set timetable for return.
White Sox general manager Ken Williams is not counting on Peavy being ready for Opening Day. In fact, the right-hander might not be ready in until June at the earliest.
The Sox paid Peavy $15 million in 2010 and for that they got 17 starts, 7 wins, 6 losses and a 4.63 ERA. The former NL Cy Young Award winner stands to make $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, with a team option worth $22 million in 2013.
So how will the White Sox proceed this offseason? Will they go out and try to nab another potential No. 1 starter? It doesn’t appear that Williams is willing to spend the kind of money that would net someone like Cliff Lee, or get locked into the type of multi-year deal that a guy like Carl Pavano would want.
There is a chance the Sox might go the familiar route and go after Jon Garland on a two-year deal, but that seems unlikely given that Chris Sale, the team’s first-round pick this past June, could be pushing his way into a rotation that already includes Edwin Jackson, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Mark Buehrle.
The Sox will be an interesting team to watch at the upcoming winter meetings. The moves they make there could set the tone for the future of the franchise.