(CBS) – Days after he was minted as the new White Sox general manager, Rick Hahn pulled a move that shocked most of the baseball world – he re-signed starting pitcher Jake Peavy before the right-hander hit free agency.
Peavy, 31, had his best season with the White Sox in 2012 – going 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts.
The move to sign Peavy to a two-year, $29 million extension caught even manager Robin Ventura by surprise.
“I was (surprised.) I was happy, too,” Ventura told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “I think it’s one of those things that with the year that he had, the chance to go to free agency and go somewhere else – I know a lot of teams wanted him. I heard from around the league of a lot of coaches who would love to have him on their teams. We’re happy to have him back. I was surprised, but happily surprised.”