ARLINGTON -- The 2009 non-waiver Trade Deadline
deal involving Jake Peavy should teach White Sox supporters one thing about general manager Ken Williams: expect the unexpected.
While the pursuit of Zack Greinke, who ended up with the Angels, filled the White Sox rumor mill over the past few days, Williams and his staff probably aren't focusing on a single option in looking for an impact starter. That scenario played out in 2009, when a 4-for-1 deal with the Padres was finalized just minutes before the Deadline.
The deal was fairly shocking to the right-hander, who is working in his fourth and most successful season for the White Sox. The move caught him off guard despite Williams trying to acquire Peavy in May, only to have the veteran hurler invoke his no-trade clause.
"It was a complete surprise. I was woken up from a nap," said Peavy with a laugh when talking about the trade. "I knew I was going to have to be traded, but never thought I would be traded before the Deadline. It was crazy.
"The only reason it was able to happen was we had talked and thought this thing through before I vetoed the first deal. I never vetoed that first deal for any other reason than at that point and time, I wasn't told 100 percent that I had to leave San Diego. That's the place I wanted, and I had my family in. I wanted to stay there if there was any possibility that I could.
"I was expecting to be there for 11 years and it just didn't happen," said Peavy, referring to the remaining years on his contract when he was traded. "It's a crazy, crazy day, especially when you are involved. I feel for the [Ryan] Dempsters and Greinkes because it's not easy to stay focused on the field stuff when your name is coming up and constantly have to answer questions."
That trade predicament is not a worry for Peavy, who is a rotation staple for the American League Central leaders. More than two years removed from surgery to reattach his lat muscle, Peavy has thrown 115, 120, 122 and 121 pitches respectively in his last four starts, with Peavy throwing 125 three starts before in June. But the workload is right where it's supposed to be for Peavy.
While innings might be a concern for first-year starter Chris Sale and rookie Jose Quintana, it's not the case for Peavy.
"Anywhere from 100 to 120 pitches is fine with me. I've showed I can bounce back. I feel fine. That's the barrier we've set," Peavy said. "You become conditioned to that. I don't want to throw it in six innings like I did the last time.
"But getting that one extra inning and saving that bullpen on my day, it's something especially with the way we are monitoring Sale and Quintana. I want to be a veteran presence, take care of myself enough to shoulder the work load for the boys."