Jake Peavy rumors: Red Sox, others interested in White Sox pitcher

Otto Greule Jr

Jake Peavy will be closely evaluated by several teams on Saturday when he takes the mound in a big-league game for the first time in a month and a half.

Plenty of eyes will be on Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy when he makes his start against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, his first since June 4 due to a rib injury.

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Peavy is drawing trade interest from the Boston Red Sox, who are "doing background work" on the 32-year-old right-hander, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies are also reportedly involved in discussions with the White Sox regarding Peavy..

The 6'1, 195-pound native of Alabama owned a 4.30 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 15 walks in 67 innings before landing on the disabled list with a fractured rib.

2012 marked a return to form for Peavy, who was a dominant pitcher for the San Diego Padres before winding up with the White Sox in late-2009 and struggling during the two ensuing seasons. Peavy posted a 3.37 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 32 starts, the most he made since 2007, and earned a spot on the American League All-Star squad.

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