A few hours after the Athletics were named the "frontrunner" to land ace Jake Peavy, another team became a favorite to acquire the pitcher. The Rangers are now in the running to trade for the White Sox pitcher. Yes, they just acquired Matt Garza. And now, they could land Peavy according to Daryl Van Schouwen (via Twitter). He stated that "source says Oakland, then Texas are top possibilities [to land Peavy]."
Texas has plenty of pitching prospects, some of which I noted in my Hunter Pence report yesterday, such as Luke Jackson and Connor Sadzeck. This is an area of need in Chicago. Earlier today, however, I believed that the Red Sox would acquire Peavy. I do not still stand by that opinion. With Texas and Oakland both having deep farm systems, and the Red Sox interested in Ervin Santana, I just don't see Peavy going to Boston.
Now, at this point, Texas may be in the race either to "drive the price up on Peavy" or really be interested in acquiring the righty from the White Sox.
At this point, I do not want to speculate where Peavy will end up. There is no way of knowing who's truly in the race, or bluffing the other teams out. It's just the game of poker that the teams have to play during the trade deadline season. So, who's going all in?