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Report: Red Sox doing ‘background work’ on Jake Peavy

07.20.13 at 3:46 pm ET
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Jake Peavy (AP)

Jake Peavy (AP)

The Red Sox have their eyes on Jake Peavy.

The 32-year-old right-hander is 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 11 starts this season with the White Sox.

The White Sox could be looking to unload Peavy’s hefty contract, paying him $14.5 million this season and again in 2014. Peavy has a $15 million player option for 2015 based on incentives.

Red Sox owner John Henry told WEEI’s “Mut & Merloni” Thursday that he would be willing to spend money at the trade deadline for the right player and if the team doesn’t forfeit too many prospects.

He posted an 11-12 record in 2012, with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts, on his way to his third All-Star selection. Peavy won the National League Cy Young award with the Padres in 2007, going 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 34 starts.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday that the Red Sox will watch Peavy closely over his next few starts while ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted the Red Sox are “doing background work” on the right-hander.

On Saturday, Peavy made his first start since June 4 after missing six weeks with a fractured rib.

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