CHICAGO -- From his Woodjock concert held three years ago in Scottsdale, Ariz., to his work with wounded warriors to his present charity raffle benefiting his foundation and pancreatic cancer research, Jake Peavy has done whatever he could to give back during his time as a Major League player.
Peavy has another fundraiser planned for later in the season, possibly in Chicago in August, but there's only one problem. The right-hander isn't sure if he'll still be in Chicago after the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
"Obviously, it's a little dicey in planning it with my situation of possibly being traded," said Peavy, speaking before Friday's contest at Wrigley Field. "So I don't know. It's still in the works.
"I would love to do a charity event and raise money for a couple of other causes near and dear to my heart. I love music as well, and this gives me a good excuse to play music."
Through eight starts this season, Peavy has been as solid as any American League starter. As White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper pointed out, Peavy basically has had two rough innings. One of those innings came in the sixth of his last start against Detroit on Tuesday, when Peavy contributed to an eight-run Tigers rally that erased a 6-0 White Sox lead.
But with Peavy pitching so well and the White Sox highly unlikely to exercise the team's $22 million contractual option for 2013, Peavy could have high value on the open market if the White Sox continue their rebuild. Peavy's hope, of course, is that the White Sox stay in contention and general manager Ken Williams stays the course with the group he has.
"You talk about the charity event and the chance of me being traded, and I certainly understand that," Peavy said. "Of course, my hope and wish is that we play well and get a chance to play this thing out and stay in it.
"Let us come together as a team and make this happen. The AL Central is, at this point and time, wide open. Detroit is going to make a run and get better. Cleveland is not going anywhere. That team can really hit -- you saw what they did to Felix [Hernandez].
"We are going to have our hands full. But I think this team showed we can compete and win with any team in the division."