The Giants have some uncertainty in their rotation behind top starters Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson, but they shored things up by bringing back Jake Peavy on a two-year, $24MM deal. The pact became official yesterday and on a conference call with reporters yesterday evening, Peavy talked about his decision to stay put in San Francisco. Like Sergio Romo yesterday, Peavy had nothing but praise for the Giants organization and its close-knit locker room.
The veteran says that he had lots of interesting opportunities elsewhere, but ultimately it was an easy choice to return to the Giants.
“Not being Jon Lester, I wasn’t flying around everywhere nor did I want to get my door beat in but…we had six or seven teams wanting to make offers,” Peavy said when I asked him about interest from other clubs around baseball. “Once the market starts to go, it starts to go, and guys start to go to teams fast and teams want to get players fast.”
The veteran, 34 in May, intimated that he spurned more lucrative offers from other teams to remain in orange and black.
“I had some really nice offers but I wasn’t chasing the most money. There were opportunities for that, but I didn’t take those and I feel blessed. I wanted to be in a situation where A. I can win – [manager Bruce Bochy] and [Giants vice president Bobby Evans] will tell you this, it does nothing but re-energize you and it makes you want to win even more than you previously did.”
“I feel like I can be a really good major league player and I wouldn’t show up if I didn’t think I could go out and replicate what I did in August and September there and I wanted to get a fair deal – what I thought was very fair deal – and I think for both sides we gave a bit to make that happen and that’s about as good as I can answer.”
Peavy’s desire to return to the Giants has been clear for some time but he “waited for the dust to settle” rather than rushing into a deal. He was never skeptical about whether he could work out a new pact with the Giants but, rather, he wanted to see how the market played about before signing anywhere. As he alluded to, that was the smart move for free agent starters on the second-tier or below. With Lester and others off the board, things became much clearer for Peavy and other veteran starters looking for their landing spot.
At the age of 34, this was Peavy’s first go-round through free agency and it wasn’t a process that he terribly enjoyed. In the end, though, things appear to have worked out just fine. Peavy is back with the Giants – and back with Bochy – on a two-year pact. And, thanks to his full no-trade clause, he knows that he’ll be able to take off his coat and stay a while.