Sox frustrated on Peavy front

BOSTON -- The Red Sox remain one of the teams most interested in acquiring pitcher Jake Peavy, but are frustrated by what one baseball source called “mixed signals” from the White Sox.

With the trading deadline at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Red Sox say the asking price from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn remains too high, believed to be a package of prospects that includes third baseman Will Middlebrooks but doesn’t stop there.

The source said the White Sox are hoping to score the kind of package the Milwaukee Brewers got last year from the Angels for Zack Greinke: shortstop Jean Segura, a leading candidate to be the NL Rookie of the Year; top pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg; and a third prospect, pitcher Ariel Pena.

The Red Sox continue to engage the White Sox on Peavy, but unless the price comes down, the source said they might ultimately pass. Still, there is time for the teams to strike a deal both would consider fair, so the Sox remain very much in play for the right-hander.

As for pitcher Cliff Lee, a major league source said the Sox had not yet called the Phillies regarding his availability and termed it “highly doubtful” that a deal would be struck.

ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, meanwhile, said the Red Sox are no longer in on right-handed hitting infielder Michael Young.