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Party time in San Diego

Posted on: February 3, 2009 6:58 pm

Ace Jake Peavy's chances of remaining in San Diego for the 2009 season just improved markedly.

So, too, did Team USA's chances of retaining Peavy as part of its rotation for this spring's World Baseball Classic (if Peavy were traded, he's expected to opt out of the WBC out of obligation to a new employer).

And the fortunes of the Padres for '09 and beyond are far brighter today than they were yesterday.

That's the long (term) and short (term) of Jeff Moorad's agreement to purchase the Padres from beleaguered and soon-to-be-divorced owner John Moores, an agreement which was finalized Tuesday.

Call it a win-win-win deal for everyone involved whose name isn't John Moores.

The Padres had reached an untenable situation under Moores, whose cash flow has been reduced to a trickle as a result of the economy and his impending divorce.

In the view of San Diego fans, he never delivered on his pre-Petco Park insinuations (not promises, but definite insinuations) that the team would be financially competitive once it moved into a new ballpark.

Moores has steadfastly denied promising more than he could deliver, but perceptions usually are reality, and once Becky Moores filed for divorce last winter, the squeeze was on her soon-to-be-ex.

Whatever version of the truth you believe, the bottom line is this: Peavy's deal (three years, $52 million from 2010-2012) is just this side of a bargain-basement price for a true ace.

If the Padres couldn't afford that, what hope did their fans have of them ever being able to retain legitimate stars and compete with the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West?

Nobody is expecting Moorad to become George Steinbrenner West. But the way it's been in San Diego, if he'd even become Mark Attanasio (owner of the Milwaukee Brewers), it would be a distinct improvement.



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2009 11:44 am

Party time in San Diego

Jered Weaver had Justin Verlander beat as the top pick in the draft, but either way there were at least 5 guys that were above Matt Bush. Thank you Scott Boras...

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2009 6:47 pm

Party time in San Diego

Perfect explanation smoove!

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2009 1:31 am

Party time in San Diego

Well said, well said

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:53 pm

Party time in San Diego

sadly, john moores turned out to ba all talk and no walk. without larry lucchino, there is no petco, and probably no padres.

how you cant sell baseball in san diego is mystery to me- padre fans are the most loyal, and the most forgiving fans in all of sports, and still jm alienated them all. thanks the lord moores is moving on, a monkey with 1 eye could probably do a better job that he has the last 2 years...  go morad!! now go out and sign manny.... he would love it here- espanol is natural here, unlike in boston.

and its a chance to screw the dodgers !!!


Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:40 pm

Party time in San Diego

Justin Verlander was the consensus top pick in that draft that the Padres were too cheap to pay for.  That would be a sick top two adding Verlander to Peavy in that type of pitching environment.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:35 pm

Party time in San Diego

The difference between Moores and Moorad, you ask? Stepen Drew vs. Matt Bush. ~nuff said.

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