Sunday, December 25, 2011

Conor Says... Trade For Jake Peavy

First off: merry Christmas, second off: it's still Sunday so I still have to do the Conor Says. This week's edition will be about the possibility of trading for Jake Peavy. So, the other day I was reading an article about how the Sox should go after White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. Mentioned in the article was the fact that the White Sox may trade Floyd because with Jake Peavy's bloated contract and lack of success, they needed a salary drop. I quickly looked at Peavy's stats to find that in 2011 he had an unimpressive line of 7-7/4.92/95. However, I looked a bit beyond his ERA of 4.92 and saw his gleaming peripheral stats of a 3.21 FIP and 3.52 xFIP. These were not too far off of the 2.84 and 3.34 he posted in his Cy Young season of 2007, in which he went 19-6/2.54/240. Not only that, but his K/9 of 7.66 and his BB/9 of 1.93 are both very impressive. A deal earlier this offseason where the Braves ate some of Derek Lowe's contract and shipped him to Cleveland for just a low-level prospect. Peavy is slated to make $17 million in 2012. If the White Sox could eat about $10, then I think Peavy would be a great shot to fill one of the holes in our rotation.

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