|Peacock drove a long way for no reason, though it could have been worse. (US Presswire)|
Young pitcher Brad Peacock was headed out to spring training a few days early when he received a phone call. He had been traded from the Athletics to the Astros. The timing could have been much better -- or much worse -- for Peacock.
See, the 25-year-old right-hander had already started his drive from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. to Phoenix, where the A's hold spring camp. He got word of the trade via cell phone near Biloxi, Miss. Astros pitchers and catchers report Monday in Kissimmee, Fla. So Peacock turned around and drove back home.
That's a round trip of about 1,300 miles and 18 hours, according to MLB Cut 4 blog. Had the trade happened a few days earlier or Peacock chose to leave a day later, he'd have saved himself a lot of driving time and gas money. He lives only about 150 miles from where the Astros hold camp.
Then again, it could have been much worse. Google Maps pegs the entire jaunt to Phoenix from West Palm Beach to be 2,295 miles, and estimates that is a 32-hour drive. What if Peacock had already made it to Phoenix before learning of the trade?
Also, he's looking at the bright side anyway.
"I hope I can bounce back from last year and prove myself to somebody," he said (MLB.com). "I had kind of a rough one last year. I've been working hard this offseason and hopefully it all pays off."
Peacock went 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 139 strikeouts in 134 2/3 innings last season for Triple-A Sacramento. In 2011, however, he was excellent in the Nationals system, as he went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA across Double-A and Triple-A before going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in the majors. He was then shipped last offseason to Oakland's system in the Gio Gonzalez trade.
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