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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: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 2:08 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

"As a Cub AND Brewer fan..."

I'm from the Midwest.  Can you please tell me how the above statement is possible?  I can't believe fire and brimstone has rained upon the Earth yet.  Oh well, that's gonna happen on Dec 21, 2012...seriously. 

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 1:25 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Ted please buy back the braves...has not been the same since...peavy will probably end up with the evil empire!

Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 12:51 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I think  Peavy or Harden, would battle for the #1 spot in that rotation...  why would you give Zambrano the nod over these 2?  Harden and Peavy are unhittable... just like Big Z would be as a 3#

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 12:12 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

why would anyone want to play for the cubs

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 12:11 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

What make you think that the Pads want a bunch of benchwarmers for a team that way overachieved then showed their true colors come playoff time.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 11:42 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Peavy would be number 1 not Zambrano

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2008 10:31 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I agree...San Diego blew greedy...But wouldn't be surprised to see the deal reappear later when no one else is willing to pay as much for Peavy.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2008 8:54 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Pulling out was a smart move. I wouldn't have traded all that for Peavy no matter how good he is. There are other pitchers on the market that are cheaper and just as effective.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2008 8:18 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

That would be amazing!  Even more amazing is that the team would find a way too lose!  Are the Cubs gonna tryu to be the Yankees?  High payroll and no of late atleast.  : )

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 11:47 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

The Cubs already have the best rotation in baseball so while it would be nice to see what their starting five could do if they had Jake Peavy, they are pretty stacked there and I don't see them emptying their farm systems for Peavy. Even if Ryan Dempster does not resign, they have expressed that they would sign Randy Johnson for a one-year contract since he will likely not be back with Arizona next year. Depending on what the Yankees do, I think that Derek Lowe would be a good fit for the Cubs as a groundball pitcher with experience and someone who can work a lot of innings. I say depending on the Yankees, because if they don't get both CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, then they will overpay for Lowe, who will simply follow the money. But if the Yankees get their two guys, and especially if the Angels spend a lot of money to resign Mark Teixiera, then the offers that Lowe will hear are going to drop, and the Cubs could move in to sign him. Dempster was so effective as a starter last year that I find it unlikely that he will return to the closer's role (should he resign) even with the absence of Kerry Wood. The likely move would be to convert Carlos Marmol into the closer, but the point is that the Cubs would be looking for more help in the bullpen than in the rotation. Dempster is going to make a lot more money as a starter than as a reliever, and a lot of teams are impressed with what he did last year.

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