The Jake Peavy sweepstakes

Ifandorbut

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Seems as though the Padres are set on trading their staff ace. Hey, why not trade him to Houston? Peavy is all for it - Pitching ace Peavy says he'd be open to joining Astros | Baseball | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

I say make it happen Ed Wade! Then sign Ben Sheets damn it! Oswalt + Peavy + Sheets = 2009 World Series.

Yeah, I know I'm dreaming.
Yeah, get him out of the National League West...especially if he's thinking about the Dodgers. This decision will affect Sabathia's choices in a big, big way.
 

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Yeah, get him out of the National League West...especially if he's thinking about the Dodgers. This decision will affect Sabathia's choices in a big, big way.
Why would this potential Peavy trade have anything at all to do with Sabathia's decision? C.C. is going where ever he can get the biggest contract.

And yeah, the Padres aren't dumb enough to trade the guy within their own division.
 

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OH H.....EYE OH
And yeah, the Padres aren't dumb enough to trade the guy within their own division.

This was concerning Maddox in July but:

As far as trading within his own division, Towers has no qualms at all with dealing with another team in the National League West.

"I personally have never been opposed to trading within the division," Towers said. "You can't have a fear of it or it will come back to bite you. If you have confidence in the input you're getting from your people and the player you're getting in return, you're fine."

Last week, the Padres sent Clark to Arizona, their second deal in the last year with the Diamondbacks.


Trade Talk: Does Padres' Maddux love LA?
 
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Maddux is a not guy who is going to come back in the near future and hurt you. He's at the very end of his career, so it really didn't matter trading him to LA. But that's a fair point you bring up about Towers. I'd still be VERY shocked if Peavy was traded to anyone in the NL West. You don't trade the '07 Cy Young winner to a division rival, it's not good business.
 

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I also saw on ESPN the Braves were one of the teams he would consider. Being a Braves fan, that would be great but I don't get why he would want to go there, they stink.
 

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I also saw on ESPN the Braves were one of the teams he would consider. Being a Braves fan, that would be great but I don't get why he would want to go there, they stink.


The Braves are a great organization (damn it!). Give Bobby Cox some horses and he will get you in the post season.
 

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Why would this potential Peavy trade have anything at all to do with Sabathia's decision? C.C. is going where ever he can get the biggest contract.

And yeah, the Padres aren't dumb enough to trade the guy within their own division.
Sure it will. If the Yankees take a shot at Peavy and are able to land him and if they were only in the market to make one big splash via a pitcher, then yeah, it could affect his ability to get the biggest bang for his buck.

Sabathia made a mention that he would consider playing for SF, but I don't see how on earth he would to do that. He would have to take much less than he'll be getting to do that. Junior made good bank when he went to Cincy, but he could have made a boat load more in going to the Yankees or the Red Sox. Anytime you add a quality arm like Peavy into the market it has to have an affect on where money gets spent elsewhere. C.C. was the biggest pitching fish in the sea this season, but that changed with Peavy being sold to the highest bidder.

I was going to mention the Maddux trade, but I see that Goreds beat me to it. The only one that comes to mind was when Lou Brock was traded to St. Louis from Chicago, but I can't think of any pitchers at the moment.
 

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Sure it will. If the Yankees take a shot at Peavy and are able to land him and if they were only in the market to make one big splash via a pitcher, then yeah, it could affect his ability to get the biggest bang for his buck.
You realize Peavy is not a free agent, right? He's being traded (possibly). So, if the Yankees were to land him, Peavy would bring over his existing contract...the Yankees would not have to give him tons of cash. Keeping that in mind, I don't see how that would effect their budget (as if they have a budget) for free agents, namely Sabathia. I just can't see the Yankees saying, okay, we got Peavy...that's good enough. We don't need Sabathia now.
 

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You realize Peavy is not a free agent, right? He's being traded (possibly). So, if the Yankees were to land him, Peavy would bring over his existing contract...the Yankees would not have to give him tons of cash. Keeping that in mind, I don't see how that would effect their budget (as if they have a budget) for free agents, namely Sabathia. I just can't see the Yankees saying, okay, we got Peavy...that's good enough. We don't need Sabathia now.
I absolutely realize that. San Diego is dangling him out there to see the interest. What makes this interesting is that there is always dangling going on, but its done behind closed doors so that the general public isn't aware of it...this is different because Peavy has made it known that he isn't happy with how things are going in SoCal. Now Padres management is ready to see what's out there AND to let Peavy know they also would rather be rid of him. Mind games within the game.
Peavy's contract will continue to grow, I looked at it once I heard the story break.

What I'm saying is that it isn't likely that a team with a huge payroll is going to be as likely to want to spend the money to get two Cy Young caliber pitchers when just landing one is going to be very expensive. If Peavy gets onto a team like the Yankees or the Red Sox, it will determine a deflated cost of someone like Sabathia and what he's able to command or if there's the same level of interest. This formula can only apply to a handful of teams, but I'd say conservatively that it could knock off a couple of million from a team with deep pockets.

Often it seems that the Red Sox and the Yankees are doing a bidding war between themselves and that one team is only in the process not to land said free agent, but to drive up the price of the said free agent.

If Peavy isn't out there for the taking then Sabbathia would have an extra team to bargain with. Hell, if the Giants didn't have Zito's contract the Giants would be a major player in the Sabathia sweepstakes.

The Giants only have a mild interest in C.C. because of what C.C. said in a Milwaukee newspaper. C.C. mentioned that S.F. would be up on the list of destinations he would consider. Up until that point there was no way S.F. would even consider him for an inclusion to the team.