We’re about to find out.
Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right shoulder in July. Due to the unique nature of the injury, there hasn’t been any clear timetable for his return. The right-hander recently began throwing off a mound, but his status for the start of the 2011 season is still in doubt.
The White Sox have discussed moving last year’s first-round pick Chris Sale to the starting rotation if Peavy is forced to begin the year on the disabled list, though the team’s pitching coach Don Cooper has been vocal about giving the left-hander a clearly defined role on the club.
Peavy, who turns 30 in May, is owed $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012 with a $22 million option or $4 million buyout for 2013.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.