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Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

Posted on: December 9, 2008 9:48 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2008 2:17 am

LAS VEGAS -- Jake Peavy may or may not have been singing Go Cubs Go in a bar here after attending the Brooks and Dunn concert with his buddy, Houston Astro Roy Oswalt, the other night.

But after more talks Tuesday between the Padres and Chicago Cubs, Peavy's long, strange trip out of San Diego appears to be moving along to a place where Peavy will be able to memorize those lyrics for good.

The Padres and Cubs were scheduled to hold another session of talks later Tuesday evening, according to San Diego general manager Kevin Towers, who said he "feels probably better today at this time than yesterday at this time" regarding the progress of the trade talks.

"We've made some progress," Towers said. "We're just not there yet."

He described the Cubs as having some work to do. Though he wasn't specific, sources with knowledge of the talks say the Cubs must move payroll to take on the $63 million Peavy is owed over the next four years.

Specifically, they're attempting to move pitcher Jason Marquis and his $9.875 million salary owed for 2009.

Though Towers said the Padres and Cubs haven't completely settled on the pieces Chicago would send to San Diego, there is general agreement. Third base prospect Josh Vitters certainly would be in the package, which also is expected to include right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart and possibly pitcher Angel Guzman. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is also a possibility.

A third team almost certainly would need to be involved, and possibly, according to Towers, a fourth club.

Philadelphia, which could end up acquiring infielder Mark DeRosa from the Cubs and sending pitcher J.A. Happ to the Padres, remains one possibility.

Baltimore, which would sent pitcher Garret Olson to the Cubs for outfielder Felix Pie -- and then the Cubs would pass Olson along to the Padres -- remains another possibility.

The Cubs were said to have been approached by another club -- or more -- Tuesday involving players that could be in the Peavy deal. That could mean either Marquis or DeRosa, or both.

Another twist, that likely will mean more delays if this deal is to be completed: The Padres are looking to pick one player -- and perhaps more -- in Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft and, as a result, they may need to clear some space on their 40-man roster to make room for some of the players in a potential Peavy trade.

That presents a scenario in which the Cubs and Padres could agree to a deal in a day or two but delay announcing it until Friday, Saturday or later.

Towers said he believes Hendry has the power to move now in personnel decisions despite the Cubs' impending sale.

"My impression is he has the ability to move if he is comfortable with what he's giving up," Towers said.

Hendry said on Monday that he is operating with no restrictions while the impending sale progresses.


Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:10 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

I'm a Padres fan, and I understand the Peavy trade and all the dismantling and rebuilding, but the Pad's had a much better deal on the table with Atlanta.  Yunel Escobar, Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez and Blaine Boyer blows away any package I have yet to see on the rumor mill.  Josh Vitters, third base prospect with a questionalbe wrist injury and a bunch of scrub pitchers heaped together with Ronny Cedeno on top as a rotten cherry...?  If Peavy didn't want to go to Atlanta, Towers should have let him simmer during the regular season until he got upset enough to accept a trade to somewhere else for better players.    I sure would have liked to see Blaine Boyer and Heath Bell in the 8th and 9th...that would have been some serious smoke.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:07 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

Peavy is a stud, you forget he is one year removed from a cy young? Yeah he was around .500 last year because his team sucked, you notice his era was under 3? Derosa is expendable because Fontenot is awesome. The Cubs will make this trade because they know it is good, the idiots will just hve to deal.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 11:06 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

DeRosa is a butcher at 2B, contantly making errors in big situations.  He has a decent bat but Fontenot would balance the lineup better hitting from the left side.  They should try to keep Cedeno as their utility guy and Marshall as a the swing starter.  I would also keep Pie.  Give up DeRosa, Vitters, Marquis, & Guzman.  Pay part of Marquis' salary and get it done.  Then sign Abreau for RF and start printing World Series tickets.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:45 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

Are you missing part of your brain? Mark DeRosa is the Cubs MVP.  Where are you going to get a guy to hit 20 homers, bat in 87 runs score 105 runs and play any position out there? We,re giving this up for a .500 pitcher who is always hurt. Sounds like the Cubs are getting the short end of the stick to save roughly 10 milliom. Bad move

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:45 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

Cubs need a leadoff man not another pitcher with injuries.  Cubs need DeRosa.  Whi is going to play 2nd & who is going to play left fielder when Sorina is on the DL?   I rather give up prospects for a leadoff man.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 10:30 pm

Padres, Cubs progress in Peavy talks

DeRosa, Marquis, Pie, Cedeno, Guzman, Coste are all easy to give up. A talent like Vitters should be in the mix  for the Padres, but maybe if you throw a bunch of players at the Padres they will forget about Josh Vitters. Do what-ever it takes . Peavy  a Cub.Solid

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