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Jake Peavy is back with the Giants on a two-year contract, and it came at a cost for the veteran starting pitcher.
Peavy acknowledged on a conference call Tuesday that he received offers from other teams for more than the $24 million he received from San Francisco. He also intimated that options that would have been geographically preferable and allowed him to see his family more ofton.
But Peavy, who had "six or seven teams looking to make offers," chose the Giants.
"SF is a special place," Peavy said. "How could you not -- as a professional athlete -- want to be a part of what we have here?"
Peavy was contacted by several teams as soon as free agency began, but he was not ready to make an early decision, especially considering the Giants' priorities and his desire to stay with the team.
"The priority should have been Pablo (Sandoval) and some of these other guys," Peavy said. "I have no ego in that.
"I wasn't Jon Lester -- flying around," Peavy said. "Nor did I want to -- getting my door banged in.
"I wasn't chasing the most money, and there were opportunities for that out there."
It was a new experience for Peavy, a 13-year veteran who had never truly entered free agency.
"The free agent process is tough," Peavy said. "You don't want to really have to deal with the business side of things -- as emotional as I can be at times."
And while the Giants looked like they might land Lester or another frontline starting pitcher, Peavy anxiously watched.
"It was really hard coming to grips and getting offers from other teams and thinking that (a reunion with the Giants) possibly could not be," he explained.
But ultimately, the package presented by San Francisco -- including a close connection to head coach Bruce Bochy, who coached Peavy through his first five MLB seasons -- was too much to turn down.
"Things did start to happen rather fast, but -- talking to Bochy -- he knew at the end of the day that I was coming back."