“Just waiting it out,” Peavy said from inside the White Sox’s clubhouse at Progressive Field.
Peavy was scratched from his start Tuesday in order to buy the White Sox more time to work out a deal with prospective trade suitors. While teams like the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to Peavy trade talks, the Arizona Diamondbacks emerged as a possibility Tuesday.
Peavy’s waiting game has put his life in limbo.
“It really is,” Peavy said. “And it’s been that way for a quite a while. It’s a little bit different when you’re on the road too, when you have to leave. If you’re at home, you’re a little more stable with your stuff. My kids start school not before too long and I’ll be on the way to see them but can’t make any plans. The next 24 hours will be a relief on us all when we have some direction on what my future holds.”
Manager Robin Ventura will now operate as if Peavy will pitch Wednesday and adjust things if his starter ends up moving to another team. Jose Quintana, who was originally scheduled to start Wednesday’s game, will move back into that spot in the event Peavy departs.
Ventura reiterated Tuesday that once the deadline passes it will restore order to the ballclub.
“Oh yeah, and I think everybody inside is too,” he said. “There’s been a lot of talk. It’s different now than it was (when I was a player). There’s so much information now it’s harder. It’s harder for all the players, it’s hard for coaches and GMs, everybody just because there’s so much information out there, some true, some not true.”
Peavy is taking it all in stride, with both his packed suitcases and a copy of the Indians scouting report at his side in order to be prepared for all scenarios.
“It’s not a fun part of what we do, but it’s part of what we do,” Peavy said. “You just have to take everything in stride. My dad said it best: ‘You can’t sit around and worry about things you have no control over.’ And I think that’s something we do a lot in life, sit and worry and let things get us worked all up when we have no say so in whether it’s going to rain or not rain.
“What’s going to happen is going to happen. Just sit around waiting, and I can’t say enough about the professionalism of the White Sox and (GM) Rick Hahn, especially. They have treated me and kept me in the know and I look forward to seeing how the next 24 hours will play out and finally have some direction in what’s going on.”