Peacock more than happy to change his route
Go west young man? Not so fast, Brad Peacock.
Peacock, one of three players the Astros acquired in a five-player trade on Monday, was in the middle of a cross-country drive from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to Oakland’s Spring Training facility in Phoenix when he was forced to do a 180-degree turn somewhere in Mississippi.
While he was driving, the right-handed pitcher took a phone call that informed him he had been traded to the Astros, whose spring camp is in Kissimmee, Fla.
“I got a call and had to turn around,” he told MLB.com. “I’m excited.”
Peacock’s goal Monday night was to spend the night in Orlando with some family members and head to Kissimmee – on Orlando’s southern fringes – in the morning. He’s going to a new team with a fresh start — a change of direction, if you will.
Going to a young team that’s full of opportunity had Peacock the most excited as he made his way back through Tallahassee on Monday night.
“Oh definitely, for sure, man,” he said. “I hope I can bounce back from last year and prove myself to somebody. I had kind of rough one last year. I’ve been working hard this off-season and hopefully it all pays off.”
Peacock will compete for a spot in the starting rotation with the Astros this spring. He was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA in 28 appearances, including 25 starts, last year at Triple-A Sacramento with 139 strikeouts in 134 2/3 innings. He pitched in three games for the Nationals in 2011, going 2-0, before he was deal to the A’s as part of the multiplayer deal that sent left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Washington.