Perhaps lowering their sites because of the high (ahem) price of elite starting pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly scouting Boston Red Sox hurler Jake Peavy.
The Boston Globe reports the Redbirds had scouts in position to watch Peavy's most recent start Sunday.
A 133-105 pitcher with a lifetime 3.57 ERA, Peavy isn't having a great 2014. He's 1-7 with a 4.64 and an average of 1.44 base runners allowed per inning. He's struck out 84 and walked 42 in 110 2/3 innings of work, the worst strikeouts to walks ratio of his career.
During the Sunday game Peavy scattered six hits and walked two, allowing two runs, one earned, to the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out three but did not factor into the decision in a game that Baltimore eventually won.
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While Peavy might not be the pitcher he once was in his days with the San Diego Padres, the Cardinals aren't the only team apparently interested in him. Reports indicate the Milwaukee Brewers also had a scout at Peavy's start to watch him pitch.