It isn't the North Side, but it's still Chicago.
The rest falls on you Jake Peavy.
A San Diego Union-Tribune story that broke early Thursday morning, indicated that the Padres pitcher was called into the office of manager Bud Black to discuss his willingness to push his no-trade clause to the side and become a member of the Sox starting staff.
As far as what the Sox would have to give up in return, the report said it would involve four players. According to a major-league source, left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard would be a part of that package.
Here's why this makes sense:
--The Sox starting staff - minus any pitcher that has "Buehrle'' on the back of his jersey - has been erratic to say the least.
--Adding a player like Peavy in a very weak Central could be enough to give the Sox the most dominating staff in the division. Even if Gavin Floyd continues to slip up, Jose Contreras is making some noise in Class AAA Charlotte.
--General manager Ken Williams was up to something in Toronto, and something big. He was expected to meet with the media on Sunday morning, but never showed. Williams rarely blows off the media when he says he will meet with them.
--During spring training, Williams said that the slashes they made in the payroll in the offseason allowed them to make a significant acquisition during the regular season if there was light at the end of the tunnel as far as a division title. Considering how the rest of the division has played, there's plenty of light and it's blinding.
--The company line since manager Ozzie Guillen came aboard has been pitching and defense. The defense isn't going to improve anytime soon, but Peavy adds a big piece to the pitching department.
--The Sox will be dropping some heavy salaries after this season, including Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye and Jose Contreras - all $10 million and higher. Add reliever Octavio Dotel's and that's almost $40 million coming off the books.
--What a better way to one-up the rival Cubs by getting a deal done for the player that they couldn't sweep the leg on.
Here's why this makes no sense:
--Peavy's contract is anti-Sox in every way. The pitcher will make $11 million in 2009, $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011, $17 million in 2012 and a $22 million option for 2013 with a $4 million buyout. Reports indicate that Peavy wants the $22 million option to become automatic if he is traded. This is a club that had to have its arm twisted to sign Mark Buehrle to a contract for more than three years. They just don't like long-term deals for starting pitchers, but maybe times have changed.
--There have been concerns with Peavy's shoulder since the World Baseball Classic, but he has pitched through it so far.
--Peavy has always insisted that he's wanted to stay in the National League and hit, and according to the San Diego Union-Tribune story, he has reservations about playing for a manager like Guillen.
--The Padres have been very honest with all of the Peavy trade talk - almost too honest if you ask the Cubs - and the Sox were never players in this during the winter. Williams likes to at least plant the seed before making major trades, so this one is definitely a recent developing plan by the GM.