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|It's been a while since Alfonso Soriano put on the pinstripes. It appears he will again.|
"It was emotional for me," Peavy said of the reception as he left the field. "If it was the last time I pitch here at U.S. Cellular with this uniform on, it was a nice way to go out. It meant the absolute world to me. I hope everyone knows that."
Peavy showed several scouts that his left rib no longer is an issue as he used a tailing fastball to strike out seven.
The only issue is whether the Sox can acquire enough young talent to offset the loss of Peavy (8-4), who has been a mentor to the likes of 24-year-old staff ace Chris Sale.
The Braves already sought to add a left-handed reliever before the non-waiver trade deadline Wednesday. Now they’ll consider trading for a veteran starting pitcher, if they can improve a young rotation that includes only one member with postseason experience -- Kris Medlen’s lone start in last year’s wild-card game.
Right-handers Jake Peavy (White Sox) and Bud Norris (Astros) are being shopped, and the Royals are reportedly listening to offers for Ervin Santana. But that’s about the extent of the starters known to be available, and with plenty of teams looking for rotation help, the price for each could be higher than their value.
The Braves aren’t involved in the bidding war for Cuban free-agent starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Wren’s top assistants and major league scouts will convene this weekend at Turner Field, as they always do in the week before the trade deadline. But the Hudson injury added another level to the planned discussions. Wren said they’ll have to determine if any available starting pitchers -- there could be and probably are more than the names being floated about so far -- could help the Braves significantly, without costing them too much young talent.
“I’m not sure there’s a player available who’ll make us dramatically improved,” said Wren. While it’s important not to mortgage the future in terms of giving up young players for a quick fix, he also said, “Our goal is to win a World Series. That’s going to be first and foremost in our thought process.”
|Justin Verlander's fastball has been off all year.|
We sat in the stands down the third base line at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., on Sunday, and I told Alex Rodriguez something directly -- not through intermediaries or sources or third parties -- I have wanted to for a long time:
“The shame is we will never know what your career would have been had you stayed clean. Would you have been a 500 [homer]-500 [steal] guy? More? Less? I would have loved to see what someone with your talent would have been without ever touching steroids.”
Rodriguez did not reply. I didn’t expect one. This was just something I think about regularly with all the players, such as Barry Bonds and A-Rod, I perceive would have been great without performance-enhancing drug use. For greed, ego, insecurity or some cocktail of that and more, they didn’t completely invest in their natural talents.