With Matt Garza now on the Rangers, Jake Peavy has emerged as one of the most popular starting pitchers on the trade block in recent days. However, the White Sox are apparently having second thoughts about dealing him.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox are now telling teams that they will keep Peavy and “build around him.” There’s always the chance that they’ll do exactly that, but this sounds like a strategy designed to get someone to increase their offer. Peavy is 32 years old and has had some injury issues in recent years, so that’s not exactly a combination you want to build around.
For what it’s worth, Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by one executive of a team interested in Peavy that the veteran right-hander wants to be dealt. While the source says Peavy has enjoyed his time with the White Sox, he senses the club is rebuilding and wants to pitch for a contender.
Peavy, who recently returned from a rib fracture, owns a 4.28 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 80 innings over 13 starts this season. He is under contract for $14.5 million next season.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.