Rebuilding not part of Peavy's plan
White Sox ace acknowledges possibility of shakeup
DETROIT -- Jake Peavy's 2009 arrival in Chicago ultimately was based on his own decision.
With a full no-trade clause existing as part of his contract with the Padres, the right-hander had the opportunity to say no to a proposed 4-for-1 trade before last season's July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. In fact, Peavy said no to White Sox general manager Ken Williams when he originally tried to pry him loose from San Diego last May.
Peavy believed in the White Sox ability to not only compete but compete at a championship level, and green-lighted his move to the South Side. Despite the White Sox starting the 2010 campaign at 15-22, his confidence in the organization's strength as a whole has not wavered.
But he also understands the business of baseball. If the White Sox don't change fortunes for the better soon, then some of Peavy's veteran teammates could find themselves elsewhere. It's a possibility Peavy certainly isn't ready to do anything more with than acknowledge.
"At this point in my career, I certainly don't want to be a part of any rebuilding process. I hope that would be understandable," Peavy told MLB.com while waiting out the rain in Detroit on Monday. "But I by no means have mailed it in on the 2010 White Sox.
"I do understand how competitive Kenny is, as well as the rest of the front office. Then again, you have to evaluate things from a realistic standpoint. Kenny will do that, making moves for the betterment of the organization."
The White Sox entered this third leg of a three-city, American League Central road trip in Detroit with not much good news to address. They sat eight games behind the division leaders from Minnesota, but the fourth-place White Sox also trailed the second-place Tigers by 6 1/2 games. Their offense ranked last in the AL by average, at .230, and their pitching sat third from the bottom with a 4.64 ERA.
Even the starting rotation, projected to be one of baseball's best as anchored by Peavy, enters Tuesday's contest against the Tigers with a combined 11-15 record and 4.92 ERA. It's these overall struggles producing the slow White Sox start, which leads to sagging attendance at U.S. Cellular Field and inevitably leads to reports involving potential trades. On Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported on the Texas Rangers inquiring about A.J. Pierzynski. The White Sox catcher will be a free agent after this season and achieves 10-and-5 (10 years of Major League service, the last five with one club) no-trade veto power as of June 14.
"You gotta do what you gotta do," said Peavy, moving back to the veteran trade potential. "Obviously those moves are directly determined by how well the team we have together plays. We haven't played the way we thought we should.
"That's frustrating for anybody. From Day 1, I wanted to come here to win. I believed this team could win and the desire from front office on down to win is here. Things haven't worked out the way we planned so far into this season, but we still believe in ourselves grinding it out.
"We have to get on a little run and make this thing tighter and get in a better position in the near future or [trading away players is] probably going to happen as it should," Peavy said. "But we will cross the bridges when we get there."
Through his first five starts in April, Peavy struggled with an 0-2 record and a dismal 7.85 ERA. Those struggles have disappeared over his last three starts, giving up 14 hits, just two walks and six earned runs, while fanning 22, in 23 1/3 innings.
Just as Peavy was supported by his teammates during personal trials and tribulations, he's hoping to do the same now for his struggling comrades. All they can do is focus on White Sox success until told otherwise.
"My goal is to be the best teammate I can be and get the guys struggling going and try to continue going myself," Peavy said. "I want to do what I can do to help this team get on a better role."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.