Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 2/27/12
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has developed a penchant over the years for making daring, out-of-nowhere trades. His deal with Kevin Towers to bring in Jake Peavy at the 2009 trade deadline—after Peavy nixed a similar deal that May—epitomized his willingness to leave no stone unturned. From Chicago’s perspective, the move was risky for several reasons. Then just 2 ½ games behind the Tigers in the AL Central, the White Sox acquired Peavy, who had not pitched since June 8 and would not return for at least another month, instead of a healthy starter who could have contributed throughout the summer. In doing so, the White Sox inherited the three-year, $52 million extension Peavy signed with the Padres in 2007. The hitch did not kick in until the 2010 season, when Peavy earned $15 million, followed by a $16 million payday in 2011, and $17 million heading his way this year. Barring something unforeseen, the team will decline its $22 million option for 2013, handing the 30-...
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