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Report: D-backs could be interested in Jake Peavy

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy works during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

With the MLB trade deadline looming at the end of July, rumors are swirling about many different teams and players.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, currently in first place by a game and a half over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, are one of the teams looking for pitching help for a second-half push.

Buster Olney, in an ESPN Insider piece, says the D-backs may have interest in Chicago White Sox veteran right-hander Jake Peavy.

Writes Olney:

Peavy has deep ties with the Arizona organization: General manager Kevin Towers was with the Padres when Peavy was drafted, developed and promoted, and Towers has always loved Peavy's competitiveness. There is a perception within the Arizona organization that the rotation could use a veteran stabilizer -- someone who can work with younger pitchers such as Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill -- and this is what Peavy has done for Chris Sale in Chicago.

Peavy has been shelved with a rib injury since early June, but has posted a 6-4 record with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts for the Sox this season. He's slated to make a rehab start Sunday.

The 32-year-old is in the first year of a two-year, $29 million contract he signed with Chicago last October.

As far as whom the D-backs could be dangling in a potential Peavy trade, Olney writes:

Whether it's coincidence or not, the White Sox scouts saw the Diamondbacks on a night earlier this week when Randall Delgado pitched. Arizona, like the (St. Luois) Cardinals, has some pitching depth, with Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley and others, and Delgado could be a trade chip.

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