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Peavy nixes White Sox deal

Posted on: May 21, 2009 6:49 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2009 10:59 pm

It's another swing and a miss for Chicago at Jake Peavy.

The Padres ace declined a proposed trade to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, a source with knowledge of the talks told, preferring to remain in the National League with the Padres than move into the unfamiliar, heavy-hitting American League.

Looking to get younger and add depth to a thin farm system, the Padres were set to receive four pitchers from the White Sox in exchange for Peavy: Left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard, and two others. One of them was believed to be Lance Broadway, who surrendered five earned runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of Thursday's 20-1 White Sox loss to Minnesota.

The Padres have been intent on trading their ace pitcher since last winter, when the divorce of owner John Moores and the recession combined to cause Moores to order the payroll reduced to $40 million. The Padres currently remain at about $45 million; Peavy is due $11 million this season.

The club continues to think that the best combination for hitting their budget and upgrading the roster following last season's 99 losses and this year's inconsistent start is to deal their ace pitcher. Peavy was nearly dealt to the Chicago Cubs last December, but that fell apart at the last minute when the Cubs, according to sources, grew impatient when the Padres continued asking for more players after the Cubs thought they had a deal in place.

The Padres also nearly traded Peavy to Atlanta in November. The Braves thought they were closing in on a deal, but sources say the Padres changed names at the 11th hour and asked for minor-league catcher Tyler Flowers. He eventually was dealt to the White Sox in the Javier Vazquez deal.

News of the impending White Sox-Padres leaked late Wednesday night when, after the Padres' victory over San Francisco 2-1, Peavy was summoned into manager Bud Black's office to discuss a potential deal to the South Side of Chicago.

Peavy's camp, sensitive to him being branded the bad guy in Chicago, was not happy that details of the potential deal became public.

"Not only is the public airing of this stuff counter-productive, it's probably destructive," Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, told earlier Thursday.

Axelrod added that to say the fate of this trade was in Peavy's hands "is a simplistic view of it. Approval or disapproval, it's not necessarily in black or white. One thing we talked about six or seven months ago are the considerations that (might) need to be given should Jake agree to a deal."

In other words, depending on how geographically desirable a trade destination is, Peavy could request anything from a cost-of-living allowance to airline tickets for his wife and children to an entirely re-done contract, ala Johan Santana when the New York Mets acquired him from Minnesota two winters ago.



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2009 3:11 am

Peavy nixes White Sox deal

It doesn't take a genius to tell that Jake Peavy don't want to play for the White Sox. But, it doesn't necessarily mean he dont want to play for an AL team. Somebody could have speculative ideas as to why he vetoed the trade. Perhaps he wanted to play for a team that has winning chances other than the White Sox. Chances are he could very well traded by All-Star break. The market is now officially open for his services.
Knowing that the Padres readily disclose to keep their budget at $40M, Peavy don't have any prerogative in the long term. Granted he blocked the move but significantly he was looking for other alternatives where he could see himself playing in the playoffs and a possible ring. He will be pitching for another team before the season ends either in NL or AL.
He is one of the most dominating pitcher in the league. To validate furthermore and  to prove himself that he could be as effective and nasty as he is, he needs to play and mess  in the AL. I dont think he is content playing for the Friars. We'll wait and see.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:33 am

Peavy nixes White Sox deal

I live in LA and watch the Dodgers quite often. Anyone who suggets Peavy isn't one of the better pitchers in baseball knows nothing about the game. Peavy's one of the elite pitchers in the game. To suggest Peavy is afraid of going to the American League is humorous. He realizes he knows the hitters in the NL and to come into the AL midstream will put him at a severe disadvantage. He demanded that no-trade contract in return for accepting far less money than signing with any other team for a reason, none of which would allow him to be traded away because he was signed for much less than he was worth to  allow the Padres to trade him to some league or team that might hurt his stats. Hey, if the White Sox offered to add years and guarantee to make up what he was worth now in those years, he'd be a White Sox right now. No, they expected to get him at the Padres price. He signed that deal to give the home team and it's fans a chance to get better. Instead, they're dumping salary and getting much worse. This guy's a Cy Young winner. He's an elite pitcher in this league. He's only going to agree to go someplace on his terms now. The Padres got a great deal when he agreed to play for several mil less per year than he was worth there. No other team is going to get that deal from him. Why should they? It's his legacy we're talking about here. He has earned the right to go elsewhere on his terms. Peavy wouldn't be any less of a pitcher in the AL. He's a sinker ball pitcher. Holliday does quite well in the AL, doesn't he? All you haters need to get a life.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:00 am

Peavy nixes White Sox deal

You are 100% correct.  Chicago is a great place to play.  Just not on the South Side with the White Sox. The White Sox will not even come close to winning the AL Central in 2009.  They have 1 Pitcher in Mark Buehrle and 1 maybe good hitter in Carlos Quentin.  Not sure about Carlos.  No track record.  The rest of the team is either old or unproven or just bad! Jake Peavy is much better off staying with the Padres until another deal comes up with either the Phillies,Mets, Cardinals(Not Likely), the Angels or the the Cubs(not likely either) The White Sox caught lighting in a bottle in 2005.  It probably will not happen again until 2105.  If you are a hitter you want to play for the White Sox in US cellular Field.  If you are a pitcher, you don't want to come anywhere near the place.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:34 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

Good Point... why go to another loser when he knows in July a contender will be knocking down the Padres door for him

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:34 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

Whoever said Peavy is a top 5 pitcher is laughable. The only reason why this might be a decent trade for the Sox was that they wouldn't have to give up anything but Peavy has AL pinata written all over him. No big deal on missing this trade.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:33 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

I'm a die hard Sox fan and I have to say that I don't blame Peavy for not coming here.  He is making $11M when he should be making $20M.  If I understand correctly, he has the option of re-working his deal if he is dealt.  If I am him, I demand that my deal get re-worked and then I would be more than happy to go to the Sox.  However, there is no way that Reinsdorf would have paid Peavy for enough years for Peavy to even consider it.  Then I would have almost guaranteed that Peavy would have watched his ERA move into the 4's which would have hurt him on his next contract.  The only AL team that Peavy has agreed to be dealt to was the Yankees (for obvious reasons) and even there, he would have seen the ERA rise.  He is going to stay in the NL and remain one of the best pitchers in that league.  I would too.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:33 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

Haha probably not, but can you blame Peavy?   I mean the Padres are awful, but the White Sox and the American League are just as bad in his eyes

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:31 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

I really didnt want Peavy. He would get shelled at US Cellular, and the fact that he doesnt want to go to the AL means he doesnt want to challenge himself and is only interested in personal stats and not really winning. I am so glad this trade didnt get through Peavy because Peroda is going to be a stud too!

Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2009 10:15 pm

Peavy nixes White Sox deal

If he said he didn't want to leave the National League, then why would they even attempt this? A lot of pitchers struggle when switching from the National League to the American League. Look at how AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett did at first when they came to the American League. Just like some pitchers switch from the AL to the NL and improve greatly. Remember CC Sabathia last year when he was traded to the Brewers. Peavy will be a Padre until at least a month before the trade deadline.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2009 9:55 pm

Sources: Peavy nixes White Sox deal

All the Cubs fans on this message board need to step off and think a little. Sure I'm happy Peavy didn't end up on the south side, but only because he can still be traded to the Cubs. Assuming Hendry pulls his head out of his ass, that is. For everyone who is celebrating this non-event out of pure schadenfraude, I can only say "get a life." Cubs fans love to accuse White Sox fans of having a massive inferiority complex. Looks to me like the pot calling the kettle black. We've got a game to salvage from this disaster in St. Louis. Are any of you even paying attention?

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