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Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Posted on: November 14, 2008 5:31 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2008 6:56 pm

The Atlanta Braves have pulled out of the Jake Peavy trade talks and will move ahead with other plans general manager Frank Wren told on Friday.

"We notified the Padres yesterday that based on our last offer not being accepted, we were out of it," Wren said.

The Braves were set to send shortstop Yunel Escobar, pitcher Charlie Morton, reliever Blaine Boyer and Class A outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to the Padres for Peavy, who would have had to waive his no-trade clause.

The Braves felt they were moving toward a deal, according to sources, and on Wednesday believed they were going to obtain the pitcher they had been attempting to acquire since October.

But then something changed, and in Wren's conversations with the Padres it became apparent that a deal was not as close the Braves were thinking. The Atlanta GM declined comment on what explanation the Padres gave him for not accepting the deal.

"It just didn't work," Wren said.

The Braves became perplexed over the past six weeks by the Padres' handling of the negotiations, sources with knowledge of the talks say, and still don't know for sure why San Diego sent such conflicting signals to them this week.

The Braves believe that they were assuming significant risk in the deal not only because of the package of players they were willing to deal, but also because of Peavy's history of injuries.

"We were never that comfortable with the players we were talking about because we're a club that likes to build from within," Wren said. "And as the deal evolved, it was going to impact too many of those players."

Despite periodic trepidation as negotiatons were moving forward, though, the Braves ultimately were willing to part with some prospects they viewed as key -- except for prospect Tommy Hanson.

Even at that, they still feel that their offer for Peavy surpassed any others the Padres have received.

So now the Braves will take their search for two starting pitchers elsewhere. Wren said that they have a couple of trade possibilities working, plus they will dive into the free agent market.

Aside from CC Sabathia, who they view as too expensive, the Braves figure to be involved in anybody and everybody on the free agent market. They've already believed to have touched base with A.J. Burnett, and figure to do the same with Derek Lowe and Ryan Dempster, among others.

"Jake is a player who would have fit into our club very well," Wren said. "But it was a very rich deal, and at the end of the day we just didn't feel like it made sense for our organization to keep talking."

Of course, the offseason is filled with posturing as clubs seek to make deals -- both in the trade and free-agent markets -- and everybody has an agenda and wants their angle out there.

Could this be a case of the Braves doing the same? If the Padres were to call back before Atlanta finishes its pitching plans for the winter, could something still get done?

"We're trying to improve our club," Wren said. "I'm never going to close the door to anything. We have no active discussions going on. We're actively pursuing other things.

"Would I take a call? Yes. But that's not our focus."

The Chicago Cubs, also searching for pitching, are believed to still be interested. However, Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday that the club may turn to the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees.


Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 6:13 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Good News for everybody but Braves fans.  The Cubs need to put themselves in a position to over power the Central with pitching.  We all saw what happened with power outage for the 2nd straight year in the playoffs with the cubbie bats.  Please Cubs Management (Whoever signs the checks) Do it for the fans!

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2008 4:38 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Here is a team I see not mentioned but should be.  The Mets.

Petco is a pitchers park and Citi will also be a pitchers park.  This move is absolutely the right fit for the Mets.

He will be a #2 behind Santana and in front of Maine and Pelfrey.

He is only 27! 

Having another true ace in the rotation will limit the wear and tear on the bullpen.

All they have to do is give them the package they want, which I think they should match up for.  The Mets have a good short stop in the farm and they can offer up Murphy Niese and Parnell.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 2:29 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Who  care if they pull out in November. It's a ploy -- because the players they offered would help the Padres much this year. So Atlanta - dish out the goods for a proven quality player or watch on the sideline. Heck, Peavy can get more money elsewhere so it is moot anyway since he has a no-trade clause.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:02 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Well Golffanatc that is why you are a "golfanatc" instead of a real baseball fan. 

I agree with your logic that it will never happen because the cubs couldnt afford to pay all those pitchers top dollar, but to say you hope that cubs dont/wont win the world series makes me laugh because the cubs have alot of tradition and the fans who support them deserve some pay off especially with the talent that they have acquired over the years.  Also when a big market team trades its prospects for a big name (if the prospects develope.. the risk falls on the acquiring organization & scouts) then it evens the playing field. 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 10:35 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Sorry to burst your bubble, but that rotation will never happen. First, the Cubs would probably have to include Harden in any discussions for Peavy. Second, with Peavy aboard and probably only waiving his no-trade clause in return for a hyped up contract, the Cubs wouldn't pay what Dempster is going to be asking on the open market. Nice thoughts, but it just won't happen. Even if the Cubs pulled it off with that pitching staff, they'd find some way to blow it yet again. If I were a Cubs fan, I'd rather lose with marginal talent, rather than continually get all pumped up at the moves they make and the money they've spent, only to get swept in the playoffs.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 10:05 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Only problem with that comment is that Peavy has also seen his share of the DL.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2008 7:13 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Great overview of the Cubs. I love the comments like "do whatever it takes" and "get him at all costs", then they throw the names of the players they will trade to get him. They might as well offer up a bushel basket of bp balls and a signed Don Zimmer jersey. No way that deal happens. Go Cards.

Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 11:35 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Away from Petco, Peavy has a mediocre 4.28 ERA and gave up 13 HR in 75 Innings. That translates to 40 HR in 225 Innings.  Assuming Peavy could slap together an injury-free season. But then the wind blows out at Wrigley. Hey, maybe Peavy could give up 50 HR!  Why would you mortgage the future on this guy???

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 6:02 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I agree, this would be an incredible rotation.  Now, if they could get a lefty in that line-up to hit in the middle, they will be back as one of the top teams in the NL

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2008 5:25 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

You had an awesome starting rotation this year.  Congrats on that World Series title....oh wait.  Please keep trying to buy a championship by gutting your farm system.  That always works out well lol.

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