Jake Peavy throwing well and aiming “to break camp with the team”

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Back in November general manager Ken Williams said he expected Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list and there were some reports that he might not be ready to join the rotation until June, but Peavy has recovered from shoulder surgery more quickly than anticipated and has looked good enough in his first two spring outings that avoiding the DL may now be possible.

Yesterday he threw 3.2 innings against the Giants, which is the longest outing by a White Sox starter so far this spring, and afterward said:

It was certainly a lot of work to get ready, but my body did all we asked it to do. I wasn’t very sharp. I had pretty decent stuff. It was just a good step in the right direction, another hurdle to clear, and moving on toward our ultimate goal and that’s to break camp with the team.

Ozzie Guillen, while trying to remain somewhat cautious with Peavy’s outlook, couldn’t help calling it “a very exciting day” and “a great day for the White Sox.”

Peavy still has to avoid setbacks for the rest of the month and continue to build up arm strength while increasing his velocity, but he definitely has a chance to be in the Opening Day rotation when that looked like an impossibility just a couple months ago.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.