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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 28, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 1:41 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I'm a Braves homer but your dreaming right along with me.  Lowe will be back in Boston, Burnett will be a Yankee, they will outbid the Braves and Dempster isn't leaving Chicago, anyway his 2008 was a once in a lifetime, he's a complete Wrigley field pitcher, I've seen the real Dempster and the Cubs can have him.  Randy Wolf?  get serious, nope looks Wrens big off season move will be to blow their entire wad on Mike Hampton.  The Braves have an inept front office, and terrible scouting, the best pitching prospect we had is now in St. Louis, brilliant trade there.  Now there getting us all giddy about Hanson, but I'm sure I heard the same things about Davies, Reyes, C. James etc.  It all comes back to scouting and somewhere along the line we swapt out our good scouts for incompetence.  The Francouer debacle may be the biggest red flag of all to bring this to light.  We need scouts like the Twins and Phillies have.  We need Peavy but will probably wind up with, hold on to your hat, Jon Garland.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2008 1:27 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Melkey????  I can tell you that  if San Diego didn't bite on what the Braves offered then the Yanks can forget it, unless Towers is completely incompetent.  The last good prospect the Yanks had to offer was Jeff Marquez and now he's gone to the White Sox.  Melkey Cabrerra would at best be a throw in player along with some real talent if the Yankees had any in their minors.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2008 1:15 am

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

This is it for the Cubs. If they get Peavy and can't win, they will not win for another 100 years.
The Cubs let Wood go in preparation for this, and they are looking like they are not going to be as worried about a closure if they can have a rotation like this.
(By the way, Cubs, if you're spending all that money, see if Randy Johnson wants to come in as middle relief).

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 11:42 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

ARE YOU ON CRACK???!!!!!  S.D. will never deal Peavy to the Dodgers.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 11:36 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I don't know why Towers is pushing to move Peavy, but certainly not for the trash the Braves were offering. It's not like Peavy is a wash-up has been. We're talking about a 27 yr old, former Cy Young, 2-time ERA leader, 2 time strikeouts leader, locked up for several years at a VERY reasonable price. The guy is lights out! Why he lost 11 games last year is not a reflection on Peavy, but rather the punch-and-judy, AAA offense the Padres put on the field.

If the Padres are going to try to reach respectability, you need an ace and with Peavy and an average offense, the Padres get 15-20 wins. You also need an ace in the playoffs who can shut down opposing teams. Peavy is that guy! The Padres have no one in the minors to pick up the slack and are too cheap to pay for free agents. That's why trading Peavy makes no sense!!!

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 11:22 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

The Cubs could have the 1927 Murders' Row and Cy Young, Whitey Ford, the late Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and Dizzy Dean and still not win the WS.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 10:35 pm
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Posted on: November 14, 2008 10:26 pm
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Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 10:10 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

wow - yeah that is the definition of a Starting 5.  As a Brewers fan, I would hate to see it, but as a baseball fan, it would be fun to watch, like the "OLD DAYS" of the Braves when there was no let-up in their rotation

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 9:41 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

And for all you NY fans, Mets and/or Yankees:

New York was never on Peavy's list. He wants to stay in NL. He wants to play for a contender.

Peavy likes to hunt and fish, keep to himself, and does not speak Spanish. He wants no part of the NY media or either of the NY teams' clubhouse egos. You'll live.


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