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The arduous journey of Brad Peacock

The wheelin' and dealin' of the offseason just affected someone who was literally wheelin' his way across the country.

Right-hander Brad Peacock, preparing to start his second season in the Oakland A's organization, was on his way to Phoenix from West Palm Beach, Fla., to report for Spring Training. Then his phone rang, alerting him that a five-player trade with the Astros necessitated a change in direction.

"I'm excited," Peacock said. "I was actually driving to Phoenix and I got a call and had to turn around in Mississippi."

So Peacock turned his vehicle around near Biloxi, Miss., and drove right back where he came from. He'll join Astros pitchers and catchers Monday in Kissimmee, Fla., but not before crashing for the night with his parents in Orlando. All in all, that's roughly 1,300 miles and 18 hours in a front seat. 

Estimated distance from West Palm Beach to Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee? 150 miles.

But the drive is more than worth it if the trade indeed offers Peacock a fresh start with Houston.

"I hope I can bounce back from last year and prove myself to somebody," he said. "I had kind of a rough one last year. I've been working hard this offseason and hopefully it all pays off."

--Matthew Stein and Brian McTaggart/