Thursday, November 13, 2008

Peavy Deal About to Go Down

The Padres have finally decided that they like the Braves' offer:
The Atlanta Braves, full-steam ahead in their pursuit of right-hander Jake Peavy, are offering a four-player package of players, and San Diego is expected to request that Peavy waive his no-trade clause so the deal can be completed, has learned.

Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, said Wednesday evening that he had not spoken with Padres general manager Kevin Towers. And if that conversation takes place on Thursday, it still may be a bit before the Padres and Braves receive an answer -- Peavy is scheduled to fly home from a trip to Puerto Rico and will be traveling much of the day.

Under terms of the deal discussed by the Braves and Padres, San Diego would receive shortstop Yunel Escobar, Class A outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, one of two starting pitchers -- Charlie Morton or Jo-Jo Reyes -- and either reliever Blaine Boyer or one of two minor-league left-handers (one of which is believed to be Jeff Locke).

A hefty package I suppose (disclaimer: I, like every other GM in the game tend to value Braves prospects poorly), and giving up Escobar is a hard pill to swallow, but I guess the Braves are determined to do this thing, so it's going to get done.

If his elbow is fine, Peavy help fill a giant hole. If it's not and he turns into the 2008 Tim Hudson, the Braves have probably punted the next 3-5 years.

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Peter said...

Haven't we been told for a year and a half that the Braves sold the farm to get Tex? It's pretty impressive that they're able to do this deal without giving up Hanson, Heyward, or Schafer.

mooseinohio said...

Memo to Kevin Towers -

Take Jo Jo Reyes for no other reason than 'name value' and then trade with the Red Sox to get CoCo and the Twins to get Boof Bosner. After that have their first names sewn onto their uniforms (remember Craig's no camo edict) and make some money selling some jerseys as your stadium will be empty for the next few season.

Alex said...

That's rough, giving up Escobar, especially because I'm convinced Peavy will blow out his elbow within the next two years. Who will play SS now, huh Frank Wren?? Have you thought of that? I've heard Furcal (no chance), Renteria (fun the first time around, but he looks like toast now), and Lugo (oh please god no).

tHeMARksMiTh said...

There's no way to know if any pitcher will blow out an elbow. Hudson wasn't supposed to. His drop-and-drive mechanics are supposed to prevent that by putting more pressure on his lower body. It's a calculated risk.

As for the deal, the fourth player hurts me a bit. The three player deal I thought was appropriate, but four?

As for Escobar, I think Lillibridge is better than people give him credit for (very good defensively but not as good a hitter), and I guess we're about to find out. Maybe the Braves can bring back Furcal instead. Still, I am sad to see him go because I think he would have had some really good years for the Braves at a cheap cost. I guess we'll see. No one ever knows how things work out in the end.

Michael M said...

Both sides win here. The Padres get an above average package and the Braves get a pitcher under long-term control that should at least remain a top 10 pitcher in the NL.

However, leaving PetCo Park and that crappy NL West will sting a bit.