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.
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.