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Peavy prepared for trade, but Sox not in a hurry

Updated: July 29, 2013 11:51PM

CLEVELAND — Right-hander Jake Peavy’s countdown to the trade deadline ticked away Monday, with Peavy beaming at the thought of pitching for a contending team while general manager Rick Hahn was telling reporters he’s under no pressure to deal him.

Meanwhile, Class AAA prospect Andre Rienzo, a right-hander who has been pitching as though he’s ready for the big leagues, was thought to be in Cleveland already as a contingency plan in the event Peavy misses his scheduled start Tuesday because of a trade. While Peavy was skeptical about the prospect of pitching Tuesday, manager Robin Ventura said he was planning on it and Peavy said he was preparing for it.

Before the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Indians, which ended on Jason Giambi’s home run against Ramon Troncoso in the ninth inning, Hahn told reporters he was under no pressure to trade Peavy before the non-waiver deadline Wednesday because Peavy is under contract through next season.

‘‘With any player who is under contract for future seasons, there certainly is no urgency to make a deal now,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘I’m not any under marching orders from [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] or [vice president] Kenny [Williams] to cull payroll at this time. It’s more about doing what’s the best baseball deal now.

‘‘When you have a situation like [reliever] Jesse [Crain], who’s a free agent at the end of the year [and was traded Monday to the Tampa Bay Rays], or Matt Thornton [who was dealt this month to the Boston Red Sox], the urgency to do something prior to the deadline is a little bit greater. But for guys controlled in 2014 and beyond, whether we make a move or not is going to be based on the talent exchanged and whether that makes us better in the future.’’

The biggest hang-up for Hahn and Reinsdorf in trade talks for Peavy likely is the amount of money in his contract that other teams want the Sox to eat. He’s owed about $5 million for the rest of this season and $14.5 million next season.

Hahn very well might be intent on dealing Peavy, but as long as he holds the cards, he can posture and hold out for the best deal. His asking price has been high as he looks for prospects to supplement a thin farm system.

In any case, Hahn has more
patience than Peavy.

‘‘I’ll be happy when Wednesday is here in that there’s no more speculation,’’ Peavy said.

Peavy raved about how Hahn has kept him abreast of talks.

‘‘Rick has been amazing in this process with being respectful,’’
he said.

While making no push to Hahn, Peavy rather would go to a contender such as the Red Sox, who have deep pockets, rather than one such as the Oakland Athletics, who might be more inclined to trade him again after the season. Peavy might get his wish, with reports circulating that the A’s had cooled on him, perhaps because of money.

‘‘Right now, he’s starting [Tuesday],’’ Ventura said. ‘‘I’m going as is until I’m told otherwise. At some point, we’ll have a better idea of what’s going on and what’s out there and all that kind of stuff. We’re not going to be caught short.’’

Which explains Rienzo coming to town.

‘‘That’s been talked about on this last homestand,’’ Ventura said, ‘‘that we’re covered in case any of these things come up.’’

Peavy was sharp in his last start Thursday against the Detroit
Tigers, his second since coming off the disabled list with a rib injury. He skipped his side session, but that’s not unusual for him.

‘‘It wasn’t anything to do with the trade,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘I’ve progressed so fast that I didn’t want to make any more [energy] withdrawals in these five days.’’

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