White Sox begin life without Peavy's leadership

White Sox begin life without Peavy's leadership

CLEVELAND -- Jake Peavy stopped by the White Sox clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, packed up his stuff and said his final goodbyes. Adam Dunn tweeted earlier in the day that he lost his wing man, but was happy for Peavy's chance to win a World Series title.

Dunn shared that same thought prior to Wednesday's contest with the Indians.

"His time here wasn't what he wanted, wasn't what any of us wanted," Dunn said. "You got to be happy for him. He's going to a place where he has a chance to do some pretty cool things this year."

Peavy's departure takes away a top-of-the-rotation hurler for the White Sox. They also lose a leader among the pitchers and the clubhouse in general.

"You lose the good teammate," Dunn said. "You lose the guy that's going to keep you in every game pretty much every fifth day, and he's just a solid dude that teams need. Teams need guys like that."

"It's going to be tough," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of life without Peavy. "He's done a lot here as far as not only going [out there] but just what it takes to go out and pitch and do all those things. As a veteran, just understanding what his role is. Helping younger guys, he was great at it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.