All right, the White Sox and Padres have agreed on a deal that would send ace right-hander Jake Peavy to the South Side for four unnamed players. The holdup is Peavy has a full no-trade clause, which he is reluctant to waive.
Personally, I'd be surprised if Peavy comes here. He has a stated preference for pitching in the National League, and he'd be coming to one of the most notorious hitters' parks in baseball in U.S. Cellular Field. It would not be easy for him to duplicate the numbers he has put up with Padres if he were to come to the White Sox.
If Peavy turns this down, I'm sure some Sox fans will take it personally. I won't. I look at this the same way I do college recruiting. If Peavy wants to be here, I'll welcome him with open arms. God knows this White Sox team needs some pitching talent. Right now, the starting rotation is second-division material, and that is reflected in the results through the first 40 games of the season. If he doesn't want to be here, then don't come. That's his right.
Here's my question: Why did the Padres go to the trouble of scouting the Sox organization and negotiating a trade with GM Kenny Williams if they weren't sure Peavy would accept a deal? Seems like a lot of wasted effort.
UPDATE: No deal.