Jake Peavy may be on the Marlins' wish list.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted via Twitter that the Marlins were among teams with scouts at Peavy's Tuesday night start against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Teams w/ scouts at Jake Peavy's start tonight, via @nickcafardo: #SFGiants, #Nationals, #Royals, #Padres, #Marlins, #Pirates, #Brewers.— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) July 23, 2014
Giants watched Peavy in Toronto tonight. WS, KC, Fla. SD, MIL PITT also in the house watching other stuff.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 23, 2014
Peavy has struggled at times, pitching to a 1-9 record with a 4.72 ERA and 4.81 FIP in 124 innings pitched with the Boston Red Sox. But Peavy is also averaging seven (7.26) strikeouts per nine innings and has received little run support.
While the Marlins have made it known Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee are not on the trading block, the organization has expressed interest in acquiring both a second baseman and starting pitcher who would be under club control for a least another season.
Peavy was signed to a two year/$29 million deal before 2013, but has an option year in his contract. Peavy may be a bit costly for the Marlins, who are looking to upgrade the back of their rotation.
Since Peavy has had difficulty throwing strikes at times and is having an off year, the Marlins may not have to trade much to acquire him. Including Jake Marisnick or Marcell Ozuna in a deal with Boston could make sense, since the Red Sox are intrigued by Stanton but the Marlins don't appear ready to deal him.
Ian Kennedy could be among the other options Miami is looking at.
Miami is known to have one of the more active scouting departments in baseball, so their presence at Peavy's start may not be indicative of extreme interest.
The Marlins have yet to identify themselves as buyers or sellers, but riding a three game winning streak, the team may lean towards adding before the deadline, and adding Peavy would likely improve a young starting rotation.