How does Garza deal affect A’s?
Jake Peavy could land in Oakland if Billy Beane wants to match the Rangers, who recently acquired Matt Garza. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
The A's may match the division rival Texas Rangers in bolstering their starting rotation by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy, according to one national baseball writer.
Jon Heyman reports that "Oakland briefly got involved in Matt Garza talks at the 11th hour before he was sent to Texas, and could consider the same with Peavy."
The Rangers, who entered Wednesday trailing the A's by three games in the A.L. West, earlier this week traded for Garza, who is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA this season.
Peavy is 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA for the Chicago White Sox in 2013 and is in the first year of a two-year, $29 million contract.
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Heyman's article goes on to reveal that the A's sent a scout to Peavy's last start July 20 against the Braves, though "that was only normal coverage."
It's unclear what type of prospect haul the White Sox would expect in exchange for a team taking Peavy, along with his payroll obligations.
Also unknown is where Peavy would fit into the A's rotation if acquired, as Sonny Gray could be in for another promotion and Brett Anderson is working his way back to the mound.