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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 14, 2008 8:13 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks


What are you talking about?

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:45 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Dude, Escobar is that player.


Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:27 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

wow cardsrock u just went through the rotation if they get peavy and said nothing but negative crap...i would take that 5 over what the cardinals have anyday...zambrano is better than any cards pitcher...harden is better than any cards pitcher...peavy is better than any cards is better than bottom three of the cardinals rotation...and dempster is better than any cardinals starter....who do the cards have in their rotation worth anything...the always hurt mark mulder...the always hurt chris carpenter....the overrated adam wainwright...the awesome brad thompson...crappy todd wellmeyer....the cubs rotation u just talked crap about is way way way better than anything the cards will throw out there...and if they get peavy they have three starters could be an ace on just about every team in the league....just admit your scared...and why would peavy need to hit in october hes a pitcher you moron he just has to pitch a good game

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:26 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Is it me or is this starting to turn out exactly like Johan Santana last year?  The Twins kept asking for more and more and teams weren't willing to give up all their young, talented players.  Then the Twins ended up having to take a lesser offer.  Wren knows what he's doing.  I have a feeling the Padres will come crawling back and the Braves will be able to get Peavy for less than what they'd be giving up right now.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:24 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

unfortunately the cubs have said if they get peavy they wouldnt have enough for dempster too which is to bad because out of that rotation you could have 4 pitchers with 17+ wins and Lilly is good for 15 wins so right there you have 82 wins so yeah it would be great.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:15 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

there is no way the cubs will get both peavy and dempster. i guess you do not read and are a typical cub fan but it was clearly stated the cubs cannot afford both dempster and peavy. Even if they do pull off this deal they still will get swept in the playoffs.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:10 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Do you even know what you're talking about?  No, apparently not.

You say the Cubs blew their worthwhile farm players in acquiring Harden? Please, they gave up 4 spare parts and didn't touch any of their top prosepcts. Sean Gallagher and Eric Patterson were hardly top prospects and Matt Murton has proven he's at best a bench option. The Cubs still have Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno, Sean Marshall, Micah Hoffpauir and Jeff Samardzija as major league level prospects and still have guys like Tyler Colvin, Donnie Veal, Andrew Cashner, Ryan Flaherty amongst others. So please tell me where in the hell you got the idea that the Cubs have "blown their entire farm system"

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:51 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Watch now the Yankees will come in and get the Padres starter Jake Peavy!  That would suck!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:49 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Zambrano - headcase that cant do anything in september

Harden - an injury waiting to happen

Peavy - Legitimate ace, how the hell you can put both harden and zambrano ahead of him is crazy

Lilly - Not great, but good for the number 4 spot

Dempster - a one year wonder, just wait til he starts pitching like he did when he was a closer.

The cubs are too up because of the 100 mil they owe Soriano. Peavy would be a huge pickup, but unless he can hit in october, it wont matter.  Two NLDSs, two sweeps.  Long live the curse!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:49 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I'd rather have Zambrano than Peavy. 

Peavy had an ERA of 4.28 away from Petco last year and for his career is only 3.80 on the road.  He's a good pitcher, but I don't think he's in the top 10 guys in the league.  He's more a product of that stadium than anything.

I think the Padres pulled out because they weren't being offered a marquee prospect back.  I'm sure if any package included Tommy Hanson, Josh Vitters or Colby Rasmus Peavy would be out the door.  They just want that one future star to get back.  Although I'm not sure they'll get one.  The best the Twins got for Santana was Carlos Gomez, and Peavy is no Santana.

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