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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 3, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 2:12 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

As a Met fan, I'm thrilled that one of the best SPs in the game might not (still never know) go to ATL. Prospects are a sexy concept, but they are still just good guesses to be real players. How many "can't miss" players do just that?

5 yrs of an under contract Peavy would be great for any team. As long as it's not ATL, I'm happy.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 2:08 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

well coaching at a pretty high level for 16 years i've always preached pitching wins championships' and it does the majority of time but  as good as the rotation would look i dont think it really matters if the offense is going to go into the tank as it has the past 2 years in post season........... 

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 1:44 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I agree with you... Zambrano has gotta be your Number 2 here, Peavy is an ACE on any team

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 12:57 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

This is why the Padres will never develop a strong team. The Braves by-far have the better prospects to offer them and what do they do...ask for the WORLD from a team that's been known to use their farm system to develop their club. I don't see the Pads getting a better player value then the Braves were offering from the likes of the Cubs, Yankees, or Angels.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 12:46 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

It doesn't matter if the Cubs sign him, they will still find a way to lose, because that is what they do.  They lose.  They are better at it then any team has ever been.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 11:08 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Good move for the Braves, they would be getting an average pitcher at best

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 10:56 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I still think the Braves will end up getting him, it will just take longer than expected.  The Cubs just dont have the pitching prospects to get it done and I cant see them getting a third team involved willing to give up the pitching the Padres want.  The Angles and Yankees may be possibilites, but they would both be making a huge mistake because Peavy is made for the NL, he wouldn't last more than five innings a game in the AL.  Remember how hard it was for the Twins to trade Johan last year?  Deals involving these types of players and prospects take a while, Peavy will end up with the Braves, its just going to take a while.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 10:41 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Good for the Padres! They said no to the lowball offer of what amounts to a bunch of crap players for one of the best pitchers in baseball. The Braves have a history of trying to obtain quality, established major leaguers for a bunch of bums. Does anyone remember the Fred McGriff for Melvin Nieves, Elliott, and another loser out of the Braves organization. GREAT JOB PADRES FOR NOT FALLING FOR THE BRAVES SCREW JOB!

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2008 9:09 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

It's unimaginable to believe that any team , and especially the Cubs have the talent to lay an attractive offer out to the Padres for Jake Peavy. That guy is a good pitcher YES but also injury proned more and more as he ages, so that package... that young and talented package, the Braves tossed out there for a spare tire until Tommy Hanson era begins, was awfully nice!! The Dodgers have been cleaning up old Braves prospects junk for a while now, so they can come get him... CLEAN UP ON AISLE 1...

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 7:22 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

The story of the Braves. They don't have the money to compete since Turner started to look for an exit. So why even give the appearance they are interested in a superstar like Peavy?


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