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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 15, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 7:47 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

As a Braves fan they can't get rid of Jo Jo fast enough.  This kid hasn't impressed me at anytime.  He loses his concentration way too fast.  Peavy will be a great addition and it would also be great if they went after CC Sabathia.  I know the Angles and Yankees and Red Sox may be able to throw more money his way but it looked like CC enjoyed batting last season and he may give up a little money (not much mind you) to have those AB's.  But no matter what the Braves do they need pitching that can go a minimum of 7 innings a night, not these 5 inning starters they seem to of had on their Roster the past few years.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 6:20 am

in other news Padres claim stronghold for #1 pick

This trade will surely have padres with strong claims for the #1 pick in amateur draft after next season.

And they will use it for another matt bush.

peavy was one of the rare draws they had, next has got to be going is giles (I know they resigned him).

We obviously see that billy beane does not reside in San Diego Padres Management. 

They must get rid of Kalil Greene he is just plain lousy so I figure that is what Escobar is for.

They will be fast tracking Kullen Kulbachi now.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 5:24 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Exactly what I have been saying.  The Cubs will match nearly anything from elsewhere for Dempster, barring a 5 year 80 million offer from say the Yankees.  There is no way the managment will sit around and pout about the Peavy deal not working out.  They will just up their offer to Dempster to make sure he stays.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 3:34 am

Braves will still suck!

The Braves will land Peavy and still suck!!!!!! They have zero chance of landing Dempster if the Braves get Peavy. Dempster loves playing in Wrigley Field and Jim Hendry will make it a point to re-sign him at all costs. Move on to signing A.J Burnett and he will be pitching just as many innings for your club as Mike Hampton

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:42 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

It would be nice to keep Reyes...he's got tons of potential.  But if he has to be included I would still pull the trigger.  JP is one of the games best.  Hopefully he can stay healthy...along with the rest of the Braves staff.  Escobar will be missed though.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:18 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

The Cubs know that the time is now.   Trading away picks & spending money is what they need to do in order to shut everybody up.  There is a very good chance that if Peavy joins the rotation, especially w/ Dempster along for the ride, even if they do have to sacrifice some of their future, that they will win the world series.  Peavy + Cubs = Curse Ended.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:11 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

And how exactly are the Cubs going to NOT let Dempster leave?  Their rights to him end in less than a day.
Yeah, they may throw a bigger offer his way, BUT there are a few teams who are going to offer more years than the Cubs and don't think for a minute that he and his agent aren't aware of that.
Remember, the Cubs have a ton of albatross salaries on their books right now and the more they add, the less money they'll get from a potential buyer.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 2:04 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

Agreed. This deal stinks like a hot juicy fart in a car. If the Padres are really agreeing to this they deserve to be in last place.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 1:42 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

LOL, that is one of the worst trade proposals I have ever seen.  Yeah lets trade a Cy Young winner in the prime of his career and under team control for 4 more years, for Escobar and JoJo.  That will never happen.   Good God, do you people even watch baseball? 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 1:41 am

Braves, Padres near Peavy deal

He didn't say that Dempster wouldn't leave the cubs, he said the cubs wouldn't let him leave.  I agree with that statement,  Peavy would be a "replacement" for Dempster, they wouldn't need both of them.  Not many teams would waste a roster spot on a 6th starter.

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