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Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Posted on: November 12, 2008 10:48 pm

The Atlanta Braves, full-steam ahead in their pursuit of right-hander Jake Peavy, are offering a four-player package of players, and San Diego is expected to request that Peavy waive his no-trade clause so the deal can be completed, has learned.

Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, said Wednesday evening that he had not spoken with Padres general manager Kevin Towers. And if that conversation takes place on Thursday, it still may be a bit before the Padres and Braves receive an answer -- Peavy is scheduled to fly home from a trip to Puerto Rico and will be traveling much of the day.

Under terms of the deal discussed by the Braves and Padres, San Diego would receive shortstop Yunel Escobar, Class A outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, one of two starting pitchers -- Charlie Morton or Jo-Jo Reyes -- and either reliever Blaine Boyer or one of two minor-league left-handers (one of which is believed to be Jeff Locke).

In addition to Escobar and Hernandez, it is believed that the Padres, if the deal is completed, will opt for Morton, a 25-year-old right-hander who was 4-8 with a 6.15 ERA in 16 appearances -- 15 starts -- in 2008. They also are said to be leaning toward Boyer, a 27-year-old right-hander who was one of manager Bobby Cox's chief workhorses last season, finishing tied for ninth in the NL with 76 appearances.

Though Padres scouts like Locke, he's only 21 and not yet ready for the majors. The Padres' bullpen was deeply disappointing last season and, now, with iconic closer Trevor Hoffman apparently having pitched his last game for the Padres, is close to being in complete disarray.

The Braves have been pressuring the Padres for an answer by Friday, when the free agent market opens, because they need at least two starters -- and they want to know whether Peavy will be a Brave before they dive in. They are expected to pursue A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster and others -- and sign maybe one if they acquire Peavy, and two if they don't.

However, now the spotlight is close to swinging to Peavy, whose preference is said to be in Chicago with the Cubs. However, internally, the Padres view the Cubs' offer -- believed to include outfielder Felix Pie, infielder Ronny Cedeno and left-hander Sean Marshall, as being nowhere close to that of the Braves.

Whether Peavy agrees to accept a deal to Atlanta could become contingent on any number of things, including Atlanta guaranteeing Peavy's $22 million option for 2013, a full-no trade clause or travel considerations for Peavy's wife and children (the Peavys intend to keep their full-time home in San Diego, according to Axelrod).

Peavy, 27, won the NL Cy Young award following the 2007 season in a unanimous vote. Though a strained elbow shelved him for part of 2008, he still compiled a 2.85 ERA in 27 starts, finishing 10-11 for a Padres club that lost 99 games.

Considered one of the game's few true aces when he's healthy, Peavy has compiled ERAs of 2.88 or lower in four of the past five seasons.

In Atlanta, he would help accomplish Braves GM Frank Wren's goal of getting back to what the club was known for in the 1990s, a strong starting rotation.

Morton was part of that rotation for part of '08, and the Braves had envisioned him remaining there. Atlanta's third-round pick in the 2002 draft, Morton is a "stuff" guy -- his fastball reaches into the upper-90s -- but he also throws a big curve and, over the past two years, has made significant strides in his command.

Atlanta's willingness to include Escobar in the package has been a surprise to some, because the Braves traded a solid shortstop prospect, Elvis Andrus, in the package to Texas for Mark Teixeira in 2007. At that time, Escobar was viewed as Atlanta's shortstop of the future.

Though Escobar hit .288 with a .366 on-base percentage, 10 homers and 60 RBI, he committed 16 errors for the Braves in what many considered a disappointing '08 season. Cox is said to have become disenchanted with him, which no doubt played a part in the fact that the Braves would part with Escobar.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 8:02 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

I'm curious how you think DeRosa Fricken Mark DeRosa Marmel and a high end minor leaguer is any better than the Braves offer. Although I do like Marmel alot. Morton has just as good stuff plus he's a starter. His problem is control which he is getting better at. And he is only 25.  Escobar is at least as good as DeRosa and Hernandez is as good of OF prospect as anybody the Cubs have. Plus and these days it's a huge plus your getting a high quality workhorse in the bullpen.  As for the other deals. Your joking right . There is no way in hell any of those teams will give up what your suggesting.  Beckett  who is just as good. Better if you add that he is one of the top 2 or 3 money playoff pitchers in the league right now plus Ellsbury. Kemp/Martin LOL. You wouldn't get Hughes and Kennedy let alone adding their top catching prospect.  The one thing you do have right is the Cub's proposed offer is a bunch of crap. Pie and especially Cedeno have had chances and blown them And Marshall while he does have a really good arm is not enough.

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 7:22 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Green was not considered a defensive player when he signed his latest contract( which I believe will come to a merciful end this next season).  He was a average contact hitter with a lot of power & gap potential.  His hitting has regressed so far that it's impossible to ignore it and say he is just a defensive player.  The fact he refuses to accept any help with his swing or strategy at the plate shows that it's between the ears and is not fixable.  Even for the Padres standards (which is lower than aligator urine) he is a liability especially for 4.5 mil.  I would rather watch Adrian's brother stumble around out there.  At least he won't humiliate himself four times a game. 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 6:16 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

  Yea, the Braves would be making up another excellent pitching staff that made them division winners for what seemed a lifetime to this Giants fan. I guess Peavy would be closer to home, if I remember right he is Mississippi born and raised? I hope the Giants don't do anything like the Padres are doing and get rid of Lincecum.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 5:47 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Do you watch the PAdres? Greene is more of a defensive player.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 5:29 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

That would be the worst trade in the history of the Padres, so I'm sure Moores and Alderson are considering it carefully. Morons. SD fans - BOYCOTT THE PADS in 09!

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 4:52 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

the only way that the Braves would ever be good again is if they got Peavy and K-Rod plus some BIG offesive help. Such as manny or tex or Khalie Greene.

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2008 4:46 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Its a heck of a lot better than what the cubs are offering

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 4:43 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

umm infante? DUH

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 4:27 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

This deal is taking forever - I know the Padres want to make sure they are getting the best deal.  But if this deal is not set by tomorrow, its going to hurt the Braves in their free agent search...

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 4:01 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

If I were Towers/Alderson I would try and make it mandatory that Khalil Greene go in the deal.  He is a good glove guy but is an absolute nightmare at the plate.  It is painful to watch this guy with a bat in his hand almost to Rob Deer level.  Word around the campfire was that he wouldn't even look at a batting coach.  The best thing this guy did for the team was punch the wall and put himself out for the season so Padres fans didn't have to endure his performance anymore.  And to all you rediculous, Greene loving Padres fans, looking like Spicoli from Fast Times does not justify a spot in a Major League lineup..

To make a short story long, I would make that deal in a heartbeat.

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