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Jake Peavy has his bags packed for possible trade

Updated: July 28, 2013 9:59PM

The White Sox’ 4-2 loss in 12
innings Sunday to the Kansas City Royals dropped them 22 games
below .500 (40-62) for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007. But losing isn’t the only thing causing anxiety in the clubhouse.

‘‘There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. [Eastern time],’’ manager Robin Ventura said of the non-waiver trade deadline. ‘‘That’s going to be there just because of all the rumors going around [and] players talking. That’s the reality of it.’’

All indications are that right-hander Jake Peavy will be traded before the deadline. Sources said the talks have turned toward the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers, with the Boston Red Sox,
St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves also in the picture.

For Peavy, who had extra bags packed for the Sox’ road trip that begins Monday in Cleveland, his fate is in the hands of general manager Rick Hahn.

‘‘You try to treat it like any other day,’’ he said of what probably was his last time in a Sox uniform at U.S. Cellular Field. ‘‘You come in and get your work done and get ready to pitch Tuesday in Cleveland and then root for your teammates.’’

Peavy is unlikely to make his scheduled start Tuesday. Sources said the Sox’ asking price is high, but Hahn is expected to get the kind of prospects he seeks because multiple teams are in the bidding.

While Ventura and others downplayed the inevitability of a trade, the reality is that the Sox must
retool a team that has struggled to score runs and faltered defensively.

The Sox scored only three runs in three games against the Royals and were swept for the seventh time this season in a series of three games or more. They have lost six of their last seven home games.

‘‘A lot of times there are a lot of rumors and everything else, and nothing ends up happening,’’ Ventura said of trades. ‘‘With all the commotion going on, nothing might happen. You don’t know.’’

Captain Paul Konerko said the rumors haven’t affected the Sox.

‘‘We were [bad] before the
rumors,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s a fact.

‘‘If you’re one of those guys [in the rumors], you spin it into how it means the team you’re going to wants you and how you’re probably going to gain some games in the win column. If you play long enough, I think the average is three or four teams [you play for].’’

The Sox have been Peavy’s
second team. They acquired him from the San Diego Padres in 2009.

‘‘Coming over as an injured player, getting healthy and then having a significant arm injury [in 2010], I learned a lot about myself,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘San Diego was such a glorious time. Then you get hurt and traded to another team, and you want so badly to be that person they traded for. You hear it from the fans and different people around town, and that’s humbling. It puts things in perspective.

‘‘I think the biggest thing was to fight back, have a successful year as a team last year and come so close [to the playoffs] and to pitch well this year and give the guys a chance to win. I’ve had a pleasurable time here in Chicago. I love this city. If this was the last time, it’s been all I ever imagined. But we’ll see how it plays out.’’

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