As Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy takes the hill this afternoon in Chicago, scouts from the Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, Braves, Reds and Rangers will be in attendance, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
While the Rangers, Reds and Orioles are probably looking at available players other than Peavy, most of the teams in attendance are known to be looking for starting pitching help. St. Louis and Boston have been the two most active teams on the Peavy market, while the Dodgers have been looking for starting pitching all month. The Braves, who lost starter Tim Hudson to a season-ending ankle injury last night, seem to be exploring the starting market now as well. While Atlanta seems comfortable with the young starters they have, a move for a rotation piece before the deadline cannot be ruled out. Oakland jumped into the Matt Garza sweepstakes late, and have interest in Peavy and Royals' starter Ervin Santana, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Diamondbacks and Nationals have also been linked to Peavy in recent days, and Arizona is expected to send scouts to Chicago as well.
As Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported yesterday, the White Sox are unsure about what they want to do with Peavy. The 32-year old is under team control for next season, but could net the North Siders a package of solid prospects similar to the one the Cubs received from the Rangers for Matt Garza. Chicago is known to have put a very high price tag on Peavy, but some recent reports have been inaccurate in terms of specific players that have been mentioned in talks. Although originally reported as involved in talks, Cardinals' right-hander Carlos Martinez and Red Sox' third baseman Will Middlebrooks have not been offered to the White Sox.