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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: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:47 pm

Wren is a Genius

Did anyone notice Tampa Bay was in the World Series last year, or that the Marlins trade their stars and have won a couple of World Series rings with the talent they get in return.  San Diego's GM obviously is overplaying his hand and I am glad the Braves are not willing to mortgage the farm to get him.  Peavy is awesome, but he is also one Tommy John surgery away from being an also ran.  I would rather suffer through a couple of down years in Atlanta and get an influx of young talent for the next ten years if they think Peavy is worth all those prospects PLUS Escobar.  Come on.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:33 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Zambrano as the number 1?  Typical Cub fan dilusion.  Any Peavy fan should not want him going to the Cubs so that he avoids the certain DL stint that comes with doing so.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:26 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I would like to congratulate Frank Wren for basically telling the Padres to F off, I feel this could possibly be a bluff and i think Towers will realize what he just lost and will call the Braves and say hey you still wanna deal? The possibility is still there. I feel Wren is the man for the GM job now, i had doubts before, but he took the initiative and i like even more now.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:24 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I don't know if that is a good dcision or a bad one. I mean we would've traded young players who could mature over the years or the Braves could've traded young crappy players thay were useless! Do you think that was a good decision?

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:23 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Dude, I like the *players* you have listed in your rotation, but Zambrano is your ace over Peavy? What are you smoking?

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:18 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

lmfao they gave the a's a bunch of garbage weve seen for the past 3 yrs

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:15 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I am with you on this one, Cubs do whatever it takes!!!

Send Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno, Sean Marshall or Rich Hill and even another young arm, it really doesn't matter who just make it happen!

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 6:04 pm
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Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2008 5:59 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

I don't see the Cubs as contenders....they blew almost their entire worthwhile farm system getting harden etc at the trade deadline last year. I do see the Dodgers and Angels as highly possible due to their excellent farm systems and deep outfields. The only other team I see able to make an offer would be the Red Sox, but they won't go after him, they have too many other holes to fill.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 5:55 pm

Braves pull out of Peavy talks

Cubs, please do whatevr you have to do to get this guy!  He is only 27, and a career 3.25 era.  This guy is a top 5 pitcher, and resign Dempster!  Imagine:

1. Carlos Zambrano (14-6, 3.91 ERA, 130 K) Career 3.48 ERA (27 Years Old)

2. Jake Peavy (10-11, 2.85 ERA, 166 K), Career 3.25 ERA (27 Years Old)

3. Rich Harden (10-2, 2.07 ERA, 181 K), Career 3.23 ERA (26 Years Old)

4. Ted Lilly (17-9, 4.09 ERA, 184 K), Career 4.40 ERA (32 Years Old)

5. Ryan Dempster (17-6, 2.96 ERA, 187 K), Career 4.55 ERA (31 Years Old)

What a Starting Rotation!

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