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Jake Peavy: ‘I love Chicago’

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy spoke positively about his future Chicago.  | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy spoke positively about his future in Chicago. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 10, 2012 4:41PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Through the first half of the season, Jake Peavy had been saying all the right things concerning his future with the White Sox.

Specifically, he wasn’t going to talk about it.

Privately, however, he was questioning if staying with a team where so many bad things seemed to follow him since he joined the Sox in 2009, was beneficial moving forward.

Maybe it was the euphoria of being in first place, maybe it was the sadness of returning from the funeral of good friend, and former Padres coach, Darrel Akerfelds. Either way, Peavy has had a change of heart, and now wants to stay with the Sox. And beyond just the remainder of this season.

“I can tell you this – there are certainly times where when you’re sitting on your couch you start to think, ‘Man, I wonder what’s going to happen next year? I wonder where I’m going to end up?’ ‘’ Peavy admitted on Tuesday. “But at the end of the day, I can’t let myself get like that. If you get like that, it takes away from what you are doing in the moment. From what I’ve been through and what we’re trying to accomplish as a team, if I personally am not pouring everything I can into what we’re trying to do here, I think that would be selfish of me.

“I can tell you this: I love Chicago, I love what we have as far as a team, from [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf], to [general manager] Kenny [Williams], to the staff they brought in, and I can tell you this, this is as good a staff as I’ve ever been a part of. I can tell you this, I can’t see any more of an appealing place to play than Chicago. My comfort level with them knowing my body, my routine that I have, a routine we’ve gotten down, we understand, what we need to do to keep healthy, stay strong, so I can tell you that. I want to be here, but we’ll let the chips fall when they may when that time comes.

“I do love Chicago, and when the time comes and we do have that conversation – if we ever have it – with Kenny and with the rest of the staff, I will let them know that I want to stay if I can stay. I would love to end my career right here [in Chicago]. We’ll see.’’

For Peavy to do that, however, he would have to be willing to rip up his existing contract because of the $22 million club option he has for 2013. The Sox aren’t paying that. Not for Peavy, not for any one player.

The good news for Peavy is that Williams and Reinsdorf have always maintained that if a team wins, they will do what they can to keep it together. So a trip to the playoffs and going deep into the playoffs, is a good way to loosen up the pocketbooks.

Like Peavy said, “We’ll see.’’

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