Blog Entry

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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 3:20 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

CBS exclusive?  San Diego refutes the story saying no team is close as of yet. Lets see how good CBS really is.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2008 3:19 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

If the Padres get Yunel Escobar, Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez and Blaine Boyer for Jake Peavy, I definitely think it makes sense.  Both Morton and Boyer throw bullets and Escobar is good all around.  As a Padre fan, I can be happy with this trade.  Seeing Boyer and Bell in the 8th and 9th will be a nice combo. 

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2008 3:17 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

I agree!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:53 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

 could be the sleeper in this trade.  He was selected for the 2008 .  He's a .280-290 hitter that is a pitchers nightmare on the bases.  He is quick, not just stopwatch fast.  He has the potential to be the best defensive outfielder in MLB in 3-5 years.  The Tigers still regret that move (losing him in the Renteria trade along with Jurrjens).

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:42 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

NO WAY will Dempster leave Chicago, especially if Peavy goes elsewhere.  He alreay has a deal thrown on the table, and you don't  think that the deal is going to be even better if Peavy goes to Atlanta?  and why would he leave Chicago to go to Atlanta, players all want in on Chicago with the fans and atmosphere.  Peavy had Chicago # 1 on the list IF he okays the trade clause on his contract.  Hell, I would go to Atlanta after I played in Chicago, Nobody goes to the games, and there not a contending team.  The Cubs will be right back in it next year, sure they'll probably choke again, but it's better than Atlanta!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:36 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

what a stupid move for the padres. the braves are brilliant if they pull this trade off!!!!!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 1:30 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

This article has me ill on so many different fronts. As a Cubs fan, not getting Peavy when he wants to come play for us based on the Padres not understanding the talent level of our offer is disgusting. Cedeno is a very high quality player who is ready to be plugged into a starting lineup for the next 10 years. Marshall has "ace" potential -- both of those players are mired behind starters in our lineup. Just because they aren't at AA putting up inflated numbers, doesn't mean they're not quality players.

Not improving our ballclub after losing our last 9 games in the post season and HOPING to resign Dempster and Wood is frustrating. I said last year that we needed to give up anything and everything for Sabathia. Had we, (no offense to a very quality Philly team) I firmly believe we'd have a championship banner right now. Instead we got Harden who was good -- but Harden took a dump in Game 3 of the NLDS and, although I like Dempster, he dumped all over Game 1 of the NLDS.

My hope is that with the delay of Peavy flying and reports of this circulating that Hendry can swoop back and sweeten the pot. The Cubs have some very high-quality, low-cost players mired in 2nd and 3rd positions behind starters. Getting a guy like Peavy at this price comes along once or twice in a decade and we should do everything we can to make it happen.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 1:06 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

This sounds like a good deal to me, or at least better than the Mark Teixeria-trade Frank Wren did with the Rangers. Peavy is only 27, and the Padres get some studs back in Yunel Escobar and Gorkys Hernandez. I'm not very high on JoJo or Charlie; however, if the Padres get Locke the Padres definately got the better end of the deal. Don't know who the Braves will have at shortstop...Brent Lillenbridge?

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:58 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

They could offer Jered Weaver (a Boros client that the Angels Im sure, do not want to get into another bidding war with when he becomes elig for FA), either one of 3 shortstops (Aybar, Maicer Izturis, or Brandon Wood), and Reggie Willits.
Sure your guys are major-league ready and under team control, but the prospects that the Braves are offering are going to be a whole lot better than the weak guys you are offering.   

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:45 pm

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

As a Braves fan I am just holding my breath that Wren doesnt cave in with Hanson.  --GoBraves18
Trust me, there is no way that Wren will give in and give the Padres Hanson. 

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or