On Monday, in the New York Post, Joel Sherman wrote, as of last week, ‘The Mets had shown almost no inclination to pursue Jake Peavy.’
However, in a recent report for FoxSports, Ken Rosenthal writes that the Mets have ‘definite interest,’ noting that a deal for Peavy would have to cost either Jon Niese or Robert Parnell and Daniel Murphy.
In 2008, Peavy was 10–11 with a 2.85 ERA in 27 starts, while striking out 140 batters in 223 innings.
He won the Cy Young in 2007, while going 19–6 with a 2.54 ERA.
Earlier this week, Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, told the San Diego Tribune that the pitcher would prefer to stay in the National League, while mentioning the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers and Cardinals as intriguing destinations.
Peavy, 27, will earn $59 million over the next four seasons, plus either a $22 million option or $4 million buyout for 2013, and he has a full no-trade clause.
According to Buster Olney at ESPN.com, Peavy could also ask that his new team guarantee the $22 million option for 2013.