OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — Word is the Oakland A’s could emerge as a contender for Chicago White Sox star right-hander Jake Peavy in a suprise move as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline nears.

A’s general manager Billy Beane’s team is in great shape as far as starting pitchers, with a solid rotation, top prospect Sonny Gray clearly ready to help and and Brett Anderson close to returning from a right foot injury.

But Oakland briefly got involved in Matt Garza talks at the 11th hour before he was sent to Texas, and could consider the same with Peavy.

People who have spoken to Beane said his rationale is simple: He’d prefer to acquire a very good starting pitcher than a mediocre hitter, no matter his own need. “There are just no great bats available,” one A’s connected person said.

READ MORE from CBS Sports on a potential A’s deal for Peavy.

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