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Peavy Finally Goes to Chicago

After months of talk, San Diego ace Jake Peavy is finally headed to the Midwest. Peavy has agreed to be dealt to the Chicago White Sox as they join in on the AL Central arms race.

In return, the White Sox send four young pitchers - Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter and Adam Russell - to San Diego.

Peavy hasn't pitched since June 8 as he has been sidelined with a strained tendon in his ankle. The two sides had agreed on the deal in May but Peavy exercised his no-trade clause to stay in the NL West. Now the talented right-hander seems ready to take on the American League after posting a 6-6 record with a 3.97 ERA in 13 starts this season.

For his career, Peavy is 8-8 in Interleague play with a 3.29 ERA, 1.172 WHIP and 113 strikeouts. The 2007 Cy Young Award winner will join Mark Buehrle at the top of the White Sox rotation, one that boasts a 1-2 punch that can counter Detroit's revamped 1-2-3 of Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and the newly-acquired Jarrod Washburn.

If you're scoring at home, that means the top three teams (all separated by less than three games) in the AL Central have made big moves. The first-place Tigers added Washburn, at two-games back, the Twins traded for shortstop Orlando Cabrera and now the White Sox picking up Peavy.

With this flurry of moves, who do you think has the upper-hand in the AL Central?

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Padres , Tigers , White Sox  | Tags: chicago white sox, detroit tigers, jake peavy, san diego padres, trade  
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Detroit helped themselves the most. Washburn will bump Porcello out of the rotation, or at least let him start less. The guy has obviously run out of gas and is going to rack up some serious innings if he's left in the rotation. This way they can slide him into the bullpen if they want and let him cut his teeth there for the rest of the year.

The White Sox really traded for a few weeks of Peavy this year, MAYBE. They don't know when he'll realistically come off the DL so they traded 4 prospects for a big question mark. I'd rank them helping themselves the least of the three for the regular season. If Peavy comes back and can pitch the postseason like the old Jake Peavy then that would bump them up to first.

The Twins I'd rank in the middle because they upgraded their SS offense, but there's no way Cabrera is going to maintain a 900+ OPS like he has the last month for the rest of the season. He's just not THAT good. But he is a significant upgrade and will play every day.

Posted by: adampschroeder | July 31, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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