White Sox GM Kenny Williams is talking about making changes in the wake of the club's 25-33 start, but if he wants to go into full-on rebuilding mode, one of his moves would need to be moving ace Jake Peavy.
Peavy has a full no-trade clause and only waived it last year, clearing the way for a trade from San Diego to Chicago, under assurances he was going to a team commited to contending. He seems satisfied that rebuilding is not what Williams is proposing, but told the Chicago Tribune that if that's what develops, he'd ask to be traded.
"I'm excited to be in a situation where you talk about it's not going to be a rebuilding process," Peavy said today. "(But) if that were the case, I would certainly try to be moved, but that's the least of my worries. ... I'm very happy to be here, but it is a nice feeling at the end of the day to understand when you can control your destiny, and have a say-so."
It's rare for a player to talk so openly about the idea of asking for a trade (except in cases where someone is using the media to force a team's hand, which isn't the case here), but Peavy has the clout to say what he wants.
If it did come to a point where Peavy wanted out, the White Sox might not find a long list of suitors. His numbers this season are not very Peavy-like (4-5, 5.90 ERA) and he's still due about $47 million on his contract, which runs through 2012 with a club option for 2013.
-- David Andriesen
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