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.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.