Report: Red Sox doing 'background work' on Jake Peavy

Mike Petraglia
July 20, 2013 - 11:46 am

The Red Sox have their eyes on Jake Peavy. The 32-year-old right-hander is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts this season with the White Sox. The White Sox could be looking to unload Peavy's hefty contract, paying him $14.5 million this season and again in 2014. Peavy has a $15 million player option for 2015 based on incentives. Red Sox owner John Henry told WEEI's "Mut & Merloni" Thursday that he would be willing to spend money at the trade deadline for the right player and if the team doesn't forfeit too many prospects. He posted an 11-12 record in 2012, with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts, on his way to his third All-Star selection. Peavy won the National League Cy Young award with the Padres in 2007, going 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 34 starts. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday that the Red Sox will watch Peavy closely over his next few starts while ESPN'€™s Buster Olney tweeted the Red Sox are '€œdoing background work'€ on the right-hander.

On Saturday, Peavy made his first start since June 4 after missing six weeks with a fractured rib.