"It's a crazy time in your life," said Peavy, who spoke with Samardzija on Monday. "All Jeff knows is the Chicago Cubs. That's his first love and always will be his first love. He wants to win in that Cubs uniform. At the same time, he understands there may be change. And I think he's open to that. It's tough for anyone to understand the emotions of sitting on your couch at home and thinking, 'God, I wonder how this is going to play out?' because it's life-changing.
"You're talking about changing cities, changing buddies, coaches, everything, maybe leagues. So there's a lot that goes on. It's a battle (to) show up every day and go through the work and not be distracted. Watching from afar, I admire the way he's gone about this."
"How can you not respect their body of work?" Peavy said. "At the end of the day, they'll make the call on what they think is right for the organization. I'm sure it will be a good one.
"And I promise you this — No. 29 (Samardzija) — whether he's wearing that uniform or another one – is going to be just fine."
Return to Chicago? Peavy, who pitched for the White Sox from the middle of the 2009 until last summer, is in the final year of his contract and would like to help the Red Sox rebound. But he is keeping his options open for next year and beyond.
"I am open to anything," Peavy said. "I don't know really what I want in the future. I try to think about it. At times. I talk to my family and close friends about it. I just have decided I show up here every day like it's my last day. And I want to know if I do decide to ever go, I think I'm going to walk away on my terms and knowing that I lived it to the fullest.
"Having that said, I want to play, for right now, as long as I can. I can't imagine taking this uniform off and not being a part of a team. So I'm just going to be in the moment and worry about the winter.''
But one possible destination could be the Cubs, especially if the front office is seeking a veteran starter to provide support in the event Samardzija and Jason Hammel are traded.
"I do know what the North Side of Chicago is like," Peavy said. "Just by saying the word 'Chicago,' it's as nice of a place in the United States of America. I have huge respect for Theo, Jed, Jason and (manager) Rick Renteria.
"I always think the world of that organization and always will.''
Lovullo reflects: Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo said he has no qualms about not getting a chance to interview for the Cubs' managerial job that went to Renteria. An agreement between the Cubs and Red Sox stated that Epstein couldn't hire Red Sox employees during a three-year window.
"Once the season was over, I had conversations with (Red Sox owner) John Henry and (GM) Ben Cherington. Permission was never asked (by the Cubs). I don't think Theo did that because there was an agreement in place, and our front office was trying to stay ahead of it in case it happened.
"I told Mr. Henry, 'Look, I understand. ... A deal is a deal and it's a non-issue."
Lovullo still aspires to be a manager.
"I think every coach in this game has dreams and thoughts of managing," Lovullo said. "Hopefully when ... the time is right, we'll see what happens."
Extra innings: As of now, Jake Arrieta will remain on schedule and make his next start Sunday against the Nationals after his career high 120-pitch outing Monday. Arrieta will get an extra day of rest, but that won't be as beneficial as the two extra days Hammel will receive before his next start on Friday. Hammel usually likes throwing on every fifth day. However, "judging by my side session (Tuesday), it was a heavy legs day," Hammel admitted. ... Super utility player/leadoff batter Emilio Bonifacio, who has been sidelined since June 13 because of a left oblique strain, went to the team's training facility in Mesa to continue his rehabilitation but doesn't appear close to starting a minor league rehabilitation assignment.