Peavy May Not Be Traded After All

November 6, 2008 – 5:24 pm by Ryan Phillips

ESPN’s Buster Olney – you know, the guy we’ve called a moron several times – is now reporting that the San Diego Padres are prepared to keep 2007 Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy if they can’t get equal value in return for the right-hander.

Um, duh. Kinda funny how we told you that same thing more than a month ago.

Olney is obsessed with the fact that the Padres are attempting to cut payroll and says they may be forced to make “a below-value deal” to get rid of Peavy. OK, I know the Padres are trying to cut payroll but they’re not going to take 50 cents on the dollar for one of the top hurlers in the game. They may be frugal but they’re not stupid. The public relations hit they’d take from giving up Peavy without getting serious value in return would be enormous.

The thing is, Kevin Towers sees a market where the top pitchers are less-proven than Peavy and will command almost twice his salary. Therefore, Peavy should be an incredibly valuable commodity. So he went into the offseason looking to see what was out there in return for his ace. But these days, teams are tightly clinging to their top young prospects, therefore he hasn’t had an overwhelming deal available like he thought he might. The Padres think if they send Peavy – a great piece – they might be able to get about three good pieces in return, thereby improving the team as a whole. A deal like that hasn’t surfaced.

Olney does go on to say that, according to sources, the Cubs are now the front-runners for Peavy. And now the Atlanta Braves are refusing to trade their top pitching prospect, Tommy Hanson, to get Peavy. A deal still could be built around shortstop Yunel Escobar, center fielder Jordan Schafer, pitcher Charlie Morton and one more pitching prospect (possibly 20-year-old lefty Jeff Locke). But the Padres really want Hanson and will likely not make a move unless he’s involved.

The New York Daily News also has a hilarious item stating that the Yankees’ chances of getting Peavy are improving because the Padres have had trouble finding a buyer. The paper says the Yankees could send Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson and maybe Ian Kennedy to the Padres. Um, yeah, whoever told the Daily News that is insane. Why would the Padres take two pitchers who have proven they aren’t great at the major league level? Plus, Hughes is coming off a horrible season during which he was injured constantly. Plus he has big time issues with his mechanics. No way that deal gets done, especially because the Padres have no interest in the Yankees’ other possible chip, Robinson Cano.

Basically it sounds like the Padres are realizing the big deal they were looking at isn’t out there. And they’re completely content to keep one of the top pitchers in the game at the top of their rotation.

UPDATE: Man, the hacks at ESPN just can’t figure out what they think about the Peavy situation. Just a few hours after saying the Padres were prepared to keep him, they’re now saying “the Peavy train has left the station.”

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  1. 6 Responses to “Peavy May Not Be Traded After All”

  2. Trade him to the Dodgers, we need pitching!

    By Eric Sornoso on Nov 6, 2008

  3. Ian Kennedy was pretty bad last year, but it was in a pretty limited showing, and he was only 23. And if Hughes can get healthy, he might be the best young pitcher in the game not named Lincecum.

    If the Cubs can manage to pull off a deal for Peavy, I will be shocked. Just not sure what pieces they have that would really be the kind of value the Padres (should be) are looking for.

    By Ace on Nov 6, 2008

  4. I am a braves fan, but they need much more than one pitcher. Schuerholz made a dumb trade last year for Texeira giving away a lot of prospects. Texas was on the right end of that trade. Stock up with good young players by trading away the Texeira type player especially one with Boras as his agent. The Braves were the suckers in that trade. We had no chance. What a waste. They need to build with young players. Anybody noticing a trend that teams like the Rays and Rockies did it with young talent. The Marlins keep restocking with talent. Peavy is due for arm trouble and surgery. Young guns are the ticket. This year was a disaster with too many old arms. We don’t have the nucleus with just one hole to fill. Hopefully Wren makes the smart decision and holds onto the young talent.

    By SL3 on Nov 7, 2008

  5. Honestly at 24 Kennedy is hitting the ceiling age to be considered a “prospect.” He also doesn’t have stuff that projects him as a top of the rotation starter.

    As for Hughes, he has HUGE issues with his mechanics – which has been proven with tons of video analysis. He’s also 5-8 with a 5.15 ERA for his career. So a guy with injury issues who hasn’t been dominant? You don’t send a staff ace for that kind of guy.

    By Phillips on Nov 7, 2008

  6. What, exactly, is equal value for a guy a year removed from winning the Cy Young and completing the Pitcher’s Triple Crown? Wait…are we getting Albert Pujols?!?!

    By McD on Nov 7, 2008

  7. I’m boycotting next season.

    By Red on Nov 7, 2008

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