Sox interest in Peavy hinges on Buchholz news

Sox interest in Peavy hinges on Buchholz news
July 21, 2013, 8:45 pm
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The Red Sox' interest in Jake Peavy is legitimate, though the level of interest is likely to be impacted by what Clay Buchholz hears this week from Dr. James Andrews.
If Buchholz, who meets with Andrews in Florida Monday, is told that the soreness he's experiencing in his shoulder as he throws off a mound is normal and not the sign of something more serious, the Sox could get Buchholz back in the rotation in less than two weeks.
If something more serious is found, however, the Sox are likely to intensify their pursuit of available starters, with Peavy an obvious target.
The Sox had someone in Chicago Saturday when Peavy pitched against the Atlanta Braves, allowing two earned runs over six innings in his first start since coming off the DL with a broken rib. Peavy struck out three and walked no one while regularly throwing his fastball in the low 90s.
Peavy is scheduled to start again Thursday, which will draw the interest of scouts. One American League executive predicted that, because Peavy has missed the last six weeks, teams will want to see him throw multiple times determining whether to deal for him.
He's also scheduled to pitch on July 30, the night before the deadline.
Peavy is due to make almost $5 million for the remainder of the season and has a $14.5 million guarantee for 2014. But a baseball source said the White Sox have not yet signaled whether they would be willing to absorb some or most of the remaining salary due to him.
"We don't know that yet," said the source.
If the White Sox insist on Peavy's remaining money be assumed by the team trading for him, they won't be able to ask for much in terms of talent in return.
Conversely, if the White Sox agree to take back much or most of the nearly $20 million, they would be in a position to demand a better prospect in exchange for the former Cy Young Award winner.