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Report: D-backs could be interested in Jake Peavy

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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