Peavy trade to Cards could happen quickly

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, following up on a report that the St. Louis Cardinals are interested in Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy and sent a scout to Boston to watch his start on Sunday, reported that a source told him a deal could be made "quick."

That leaves open speculation that the Red Sox would like to strike a deal before game time Wednesday, when they would like to activate right-hander Rubby De La Rosa for a start again against the White Sox. That would preclude Boston from having to make another roster move to create space for De La Rosa.

Could it happen that quickly? The Cardinals need rotation help, and they were very close to trading for Peavy at last year's deadline -- so close that Peavy thought he was going to the Cardinals.