Sox scouts keeping tabs on Peavy

July, 25, 2013
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BOSTON -- Red Sox scouts were in attendance to see Jake Peavy pitch in Chicago on Thursday, when he beat Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers, 7-4, pitching into the eighth inning. He allowed four hits, three of them home runs, and struck out seven.

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The Sox also watched Peavy last Saturday when he came off the DL with a fractured rib. Peavy is being followed by a number of teams, and is in line to make one more start before the July 31 trade deadline, if a deal is not made before then. Peavy has told associates he would not be opposed to a trade to Boston.

Sox officials, from ownership on down, reiterated their reluctance to part with top prospects to make a deadline deal. On a radio appearance Wednesday, CEO Larry Lucchino mentioned how highly GM Ben Cherington regards the kids in the pipeline, saying Cherington "guards them like his first-born son."

"We want to make the postseason this year," Lucchino said. "We've surprised a lot of people with the degree of success we've had, and to some degree we've surprised ourselves a little bit. We do have an excellent chance to get there. And if you're a baseball fan, these next few months are just what you look for -- an exciting, competitive team in the playoff hunt all year.

"It's [hard] to bite the bullet. We don't want one year of success. We want continued competitiveness year after year."

Two factors complicate the pursuit of Peavy: He has been a regular on the disabled list with shoulder, elbow, back, rib and groin injuries. He also is guaranteed $14.5 million next season.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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