The White Sox were interested in trading for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez this winter, and they asked Gonzalez’s former teammate Jake Peavy for a recommendation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Peavy gave it wholeheartedly. The Sox, however, backed off after determining they likely would have to give up second baseman Gordon Beckham, according to the Sun-Times report.
The Sun-Times also reports Peavy first mentioned the Gonzalez link to the newspaper in January. He repeated it to CBSSports.com on Saturday, and confirmed it to a Chicago reporter Sunday.
"(Sox general manager) Kenny (Williams) asked me at one point (this winter), ‘What kind of guy is this guy?’" Peavy told Chicagobreakingsports.com reporter Mark Gonzales. "I went into recruiting mode."
Peavy also told Mark Gonzales that Adrian Gonzalez is prepared to leave his hometown club if it means being on a contender elsewhere.
"Adrian wants to win – I can tell you that," Peavy said. "If it means leaving San Diego, he won’t think twice about doing that. I can promise you that."