The power of the no-trade clause
More nonstop Peavy action!
The San Diego Union-Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times are both reporting that Peavy could veto a trade to the Braves if it involves shortstop Yunel Escobar, the key player in the deal from their end. He and his agent worry that the Braves won't be competative if they give up too much major-league ready talent.
If that's the case, the Cubs are probably the frontrunners for Peavy's services. Towers has narrowed the list of teams down to the Cubs, Braves and Dodgers. The Dodgers would likely have to pay a premium to get the Padres to trade Peavy within the division. Hendry admits he made an offer but wouldn't offer specifics.
UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! claims to have the package the Padres asked for:
The Padres have asked the Cubs for right-hander Jeff Samardzija as the headliner of a package that could include outfielder Felix Pie, pitcher Sean Marshall and infielder Ronny Cedeno. Other potential pieces, another source said, were pitcher Kevin Hart and minor-league pitcher Donnie Veal.
The inclusion of Samardzija – whose much-discussed no-trade clause is limited, according to a source – could motivate the Padres to complete a deal. As he left the general managers’ meetings in Dana Point, Calif., on Thursday, Padres GM Kevin Towers told a small group of reporters that he planned on trading Peavy before the winter meetings, which start Dec. 7.
Some non-Peavy stuff:
- The Cubs still have to figure out what to do with their outfield; Kosuke Fukudome has received some trade interest. Right now the Cubs plan to platoon him in center field with Reed Johnson.
- The Cubs could be dealing for longtime Hendry crush object Aaron Heilman.
- As if you didn't know it already, Bud Selig doesn't want Cuban to own the Cubs.