Behind the scenes: Trading Peavy

Paul DePodesta, assistant GM of the Padres, is incredibly honest in his discussion about trading Peavy and this is a MUST READ.

In short, we are charged with fielding the best possible team in both the short and long terms. Believe me, we wish we could put together a dynamic team comprised of players who would remain as Padres for the duration of their careers. On a personal level, we don’t enjoy trading players. I don’t know any executive who does. However, that just isn’t the reality of today’s game. Because of that fact, the best organizations out there can’t really believe in the concept of “untouchable”, because one can lose great opportunities with such blinders.

So, to answer the most basic question: are we going to trade Jake Peavy? We’ll see if someone offers us a compelling deal that makes us better.

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So maybe it WAS collusion after all

So much more to follow on this, but I wanted to get it out there quickly:

The baseball players’ union says it has found evidence teams acted in concert against signing Barry Bonds but it reached an agreement with the commissioner’s office to delay the filing of any grievance.
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We have the agreement about the timing of a potential grievance,” [Union general counsel Michael] Weiner said. “Our investigation revealed a violation of the Basic Agreement. It’s a violation of the Basic Agreement related to Barry Bonds and free agency.

Weiner said the section that had been violated was Article XX (e) of the collective bargaining agreement, which states, in part: “Players shall not act in concert with other players and clubs shall not act in concert with other clubs.” Weiner would not say how long the agreement runs to allow the union to file a grievance.

UPDATE: Just to give another POV, from my interview with Matt Sosnick earlier this year:

IIATMS: Do you think owners are united in their stand against guys like Sosa, Bonds, Gibbons and some of the other Mitchell Report guys? Or is it simply a matter of teams trying to get younger/cheaper?
MS: it’s a joke to think that there is a conspiracy. I have no doubt that Barry could be a productive hitter right now. But the risk doesn’t equal the reward. it’s not the on-the-field production for these guys, but the off-the-field distractions, headaches. There’s a lack of continuity as well and no GM will stick his ass out on the line for that risk.

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Peavy talks warming up

Starting to simmer is more like it:

The San Diego Padres have begun to exchange names with teams interested in All-Star pitcher Jake Peavy, in what appears to be an aggressive effort to maximize return on the right-hander, who is signed to a contract that keeps him under a team’s control through 2013. And increasingly, it seems that team won’t be the Padres.
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If AL teams get involved, the Yankees might be a fit, although New York GM Brian Cashman has made it clear in the past that he wants to adhere to a path of player development. That stance could change if the Yankees have changed their internal evaluations of young players who struggled in 2008, such as Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Melky Cabrera.

Multiple sources consider it likely the Padres will deal Peavy in the weeks ahead, and that is a virtual certainty that he will be traded before the July 31 deadline next season. The Padres are seeking at least two young pitchers in return, along with someone who can become the team’s everyday center fielder sometime in the immediate to near future.
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Last year, the Twins found that the market for Johan Santana to be relatively lukewarm, primarily because Santana was in line to become a free agent after the 2008 season and teams like the Red Sox and Yankees were leery of absorbing the double-barreled cost of the prospects and a big-money, long-term contract. But in Peavy’s case, he is under contract for the next four seasons, meaning that the Braves or the Dodgers or some other team would be assured of cost certainty.


There’s a bunch more on all the other likely landing spots so I’d go check out the source article from Buster. Otherwise, I’d be blockquoting the whole thing….

I still think that if Hank finds out he can get Peavy for Melky, Hughes and another part or two, he’ll really hold Cashman’s hands to the fire to get it done.

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Wait and see: Pettitte

In short, I think the Yanks outta take a wait-and-see approach with Andy. Let’s see what the trade market and free agent market yields before filling the available seats. Pettitte is pretty much down to NY or Houston as choices. I’d advise Cashman, not that he’s asking, to do his external-looking business and if there is a need for another veteran pitcher, then make an offer that he thinks matches Pettitte’s projected 2009 performance.

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Yanks made the Rays possible?

Well, sorta. I can’t say I totally disagree with the premise but it sure was eye opening to read it. I don’t usually agree with Wallace Matthews –I know many of you can’t stand him– but there’s a kernel of truth below the bluster here:

The Rays and their majority owner, Stuart Sternberg — and migr of Goldman Sachs, another Yankees farm club — have mastered the new order of baseball evolution, which is as follows: Pocket wads of Yankee cash. Draft wisely. Wait for young talent to blossom. Kick Yankee butt.

Then, release formerly young talent into the free-agent market, where the Yankees can scoop it up at prices the Rays would not consider paying even if they could.

Boy, Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, Scott Kazmir and David Price are going to make terrific Yankees some day. Of course, it will be long after their best days are behind them.


Yeah, that all might be possible, maybe even destined. But c’mon, even I, as a Yankee fan, have to sit back and marvel as the Rays have skipped the painful “mediocre” phase of an organization’s development and jumped from doormat to Alpha Dog. And Matthews hangs it squarely on Hank (though clearly Hank can’t be totally blamed for this; it pre-dates his emergence).

For that, they can thank Dr. FrankenSteinbrenner, who thought his money was building himself a local whipping boy. Turns out, those boys are whipping him, but good.

And lastly, unrelated, I could care less if the W.S. match-up isn’t quite “made-for-TV” like LA/BOS would have been. Why do I really care if the networks make less money? Who cares? It should be a great matchup, Philly vs. TB/BOS. I’ll be excited to watch and I don’t care if the networks can’t fleece the advertisers quite as much. Continue reading Yanks made the Rays possible?

I am NOT responsible for this. Longoria & Upton might be!

I have alibis. I swear. Could be Upton and Longoria’s fault for launching so many HR’s its way this post-season.

The Boston Red Sox‘s season isn’t quite up in flames, but a small fire at a landmark near Fenway Park can’t be a good omen.

The fire Wednesday melted and blackened some of the plastic panels on the red, white and blue Citgo sign over Fenway’s Green Monster in left field. No one was injured.

The Green Monster has seen several balls soar over it in recent days. Boston trails Tampa 3-1 in the American League Championship Series.

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Random Padres thought

Curious in all this San Diego chatter is the fact that they will seek to re-sign Hoffman for (in the neighborhood of) $8M next year. I know they want to be loyal and whatnot, but if they are dumping Peavy, why don’t they tell Hoffman that they can’t afford him as a luxury closer and let him go anywhere he wishes, including retirement?

Seems like a strange expense to incur at a time when rebuilding and slashing salary appears to be Priority #1.

Guessing that they could offer him arbitration, and pray he declines (doubtful) so they could get a compensation pick. Or just not offer him arb and let him walk to finish his career somewhere else.

Would that be so brutal and tough to stomach, Padres fans?

UPDATE (10/15/08, 3:50pm): So I went to the source (MLBTradeRumors.com) and quickly ran into this:

Hoffman made $7.5 million in his age-40 season, posting a 3.77 ERA and recording 30 saves for the last-place Friars. Despite the fact that this is the highest ERA Hoffman has posted since 1995, and the fewest innings since his injury-shortened 2003 campaign, he thinks he’s got plenty of innings left in his arm.
“Well, I think I have more than one [season left],” Hoffman told MLB.com last month. “My body feels good. My arm feels a heck of a lot better than it has the last few years. The competitive juices are still there.”

So I emailed Tim my question about my question about how signing Hoffman while trading Peavy seemed at odds with one another. Naturally (and typically) Tim replied nearly instantly:

I think they do the last thing you said. That gets them a draft pick or else a one-year deal with their fan-favorite closer. If he leaves for that multiyear deal he talked about, maybe the Padres can say they tried. I agree that the offman/Peavy things are at odds with each other though.

One thing to keep in mind is that trading Peavy does not necessarily equal punting on the ’09 season. They could get back three MLB-ready young players and come out ahead in both the short and long-term. Maybe Towers only deals Peavy under those conditions.

Agreed. Trading Peavy doesn’t necessarily mean the Padres are bailing on 2009 as they will get MLB-ready and likely MLB-proven players in return. Thanks, Tim. Continue reading Random Padres thought

Pat "The Bait" (not The Bat)

Evidently Pat Burrell’s nickname amongst his teammates, at least a few years ago, wasn’t “The Bat” as most people call him. Rather, it was “the Bait”. With good reason, too.

Quick little yarn for you: While I was interviewing Fox analyst Tim McCarver last week, Harry Kalas wandered over to say hello. McCarver complimented Kalas on the fine job he did when introducing the Phillies’ lineup on Fox before Game 1.

Thanks,” Kalas said. Then he nodded in my direction and asked McCarver, “Did you tell him the bait story?

During his appearance on Fox, Kalas introduced Pat Burrell as “The Bait,” then said that was a story for another day. That day has come. Here’s that tale: During Burrell’s first few years with the club, before he was married, the older players used to command him to make appearances at the bar while the Phillies were on the road. They dangled him as “bait” to attract women.

Can you imagine how many hearts Burrell has broken?” Kalas said.

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