Jake Peavy is interested in leaving San Diego, and the Padres are more than willing to move him. They aren't really going anywhere in a hurry, and they know it's wise for them to move their best player at a high value so they can get chips for rebuilding.
There's only one problem: Peavy has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Padres, so he has to approve any trade that comes his way. Granted, I don't know Peavy to be a prick, so he isn't going to sit there and be ornery about exactly what team he goes to if the Padres are going to get a great return for him.
That being said, Peavy has only cleared five teams at the moment as teams he would definitely be willing to accept a trade from: the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, or Houston Astros.
So what are the odds Peavy gets his wish? I'm going to go with "not good" at the moment. Or, rather, it is unlikely that both Peavy and the Padres will get what they want. Lets look at the teams Peavy apparently has his eye on:
Dodgers: This one makes the most sense. For one, Peavy would get to stay on the West Coast. He also would get to stay in the NL West and play the bulk of his games against the teams he is most familiar with. Plus, he winds up in the one home ballpark that is as hitter-friendly as the one he currently calls home. On top of that, the Dodgers have a bunch of talent to give up and a less than amazing GM. THen again, the genius of Ned Colletti is a double-edged sword.
Braves: Outside the honor of playing for Bobby Cox, I'm not sure I see the benefit here. Acquiring Peavy improves the Braves' rotation from "a bunch of nobodies" to "Peavy and a bunch of nobodies," which is certainly not enough to leapfrog back to the top of the NL East. The trade doesn't really benefit Atlanta unless they get more than Peavy, and I don't think they have enough pieces to make that size trade work.
Cubs: As much as it might be nice to add Peavy to their rotation, I'm not sure the Cubs can afford to add him without cutting into the money they would need to keep Ryan Dempster from signing somewhere else. It's also iffy for Chicago as to whether they have enough talent to send back for the trade to be worth San Diego's time.
Cardinals: This came up whenever the Cards were briefly mentioned as suitors for Jason Bay near the trade deadline: they don't have any prospects worth talking about beyond Colby Rasmus, and they have more problems than they can solve by acquiring Peavy. This is likely a dead end.
Astros: This one blows my mind. Ed Wade turned some heads this season. Sure, his team made some progress, but he traded away what little young talent the team had to acquire mediocre players like LaTroy Hawkins and Randy Wolf. There is no way they can afford Peavy, nor would acquiring him solve anything.
So of the teams that Peavy has OK-ed thus far, only one really makes any sense. As far as the rest of the league is concerned, there are very few teams that have the prospects and/or payroll to take on Peavy. It's the same story – if you're talking about trading a superstar player, the only teams who can truly compete for him are both Los Angeles teams, the Yankees, the Red Sox… and maybe a team like Tampa, if they're willing to sacrifice some young talent and let their payroll shoot up a bit.
I think you may need to keep dreaming, Jake Peavy. Most teams can't afford you, especially the ones you want to play for. How about those Chargers?Powered by Sidelines