The Padres are discussing a reunion with free-agent right-hander Jake Peavy, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’s currently unclear if a deal is close.
San Diego is looking for bargain free-agent additions to fill out its starting rotation in the wake of trading James Shields, Drew Pomeranz and Andrew Cashner and non-tendering Tyson Ross in the last year. The Padres have already signed Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin to 1-year deals, and appear to still be looking at rotation options.
Peavy, who turns 36 in May, spent almost eight seasons with the Padres from 2002-2009 before being traded to the White Sox in a trade deadline deal. The righty won the NL Cy Young award in 2007 with the Padres, and posted an overall 3.29 ERA in 212 career starts for the club.
Peavy posted a 5.54 ERA in 118.2 innings for the Giants last year, leading some to believe that he would have to settle for a minor-league deal in free agency this winter. The rumor mill has been quiet on the veteran all winter, though the Padres appear to have emerged as a serious contender to sign him.