Hendry Focused on Peavy and Dempster

The groundwork has been laid and according to multiple reports, it is just a matter of time before Jake Peavy has a new team to pitch for next season and beyond. A report from the Associated Press on Thursday night quoted Padres’ GM Kevin Towers as saying, “The train’s kind of left the station” in reference to Jake Peavy remaining with the San Diego Padres. The AP’s lead in indicated Peavy would probably be traded before the winter meetings next month, but Bruce Levine reported that a deal could be done as early as Monday that would send Peavy to either Atlanta or Chicago.

Here is more on Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster as well as the latest on Jeremy Hermida, Kevin Hart, Raul Ibanez, Jeff Samardzija and Kerry Wood….

Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster

Bruce Levine reported Jim Hendry is working on two deals and labeled them as ‘1A‘ (Jake Peavy) and ‘1B‘ (Ryan Dempster). The Cubs brass met for 5 hours to discuss a possible trade with the Padres for Peavy and Towers is looking for four to five good young players. Levine said the Cubs have the players to offer despite the fact the Braves’ talent is better. The Braves are in a rebuilding mode where the Cubs should be in the middle of the race next season and are ‘going for it‘.

Jim Hendry is trying to get both the trade for Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster resigned before next week’s deadline (November 13th) and Levine feels both could be done within a few days if Ryan Dempster takes the 4 year deal the Cubs are offering. Levine said Dempster’s new contract could be worth between $46 – $50 million dollars.

Levine did not mention the players the Cubs would be sending to San Diego for Peavy.

The Associated Press reported that Towers anticipates a trade being completed by the Winter Meetings next month in Las Vegas. Towers told the AP:

“We’re not to the point where we’ve agreed on who the players are coming back. We just have an idea of who’s available to us and who’s not. Now it’s just a matter of looking at three priority teams that are involved and trying to figure out what our optimum deal is. Some of them involve third teams and potentially fourth teams, so it becomes a little more complicated.”

Dave van Dyck indicated the Cubs are making a ‘major push‘ for Peavy….Levine used a similar language and stated “the Cubs are in deep discussions.” The report in the Tribune stated the Cubs “upped their initial offer to Dempster” and mentioned a figure similar to Bruce Levine’s….4 years and around $50 million.

The Tribune added Kevin Hart to the list of players that have been rumored to be in the deal for Peavy.

Jon Heyman reported on SI.com that the Padres are discussing Jake Peavy with three teams (Braves, Cubs and Dodgers) and “it appears Peavy will have a new home sometime in the next few weeks.” Heyman stated one of his sources thinks the Braves are “the most likely landing spot.

The Braves are confident they can acquire Jake Peavy. But a deal is not imminent according to a report from MLB.com.

A late report from the San Diego Union-Tribune indicated Jake Peavy might not waive his no-trade clause to a team that is weakening their current roster to acquire him. Peavy would prefer Yunel Escobar to remain with the Braves if Peavy is traded to Atlanta. Peavy wants to win and does not want to be a part of a rebuilding process….he could stay in San Diego, with his family, and go through the growing pains of putting together a winner.

According to a report from Jeff Passan on Yahoo Sports, the Padres “have asked for Jeff Samardzija as the headliner of a package that could include Felix Pie, Sean Marshall and Ronny Cedeno.” Other pieces could include such names as Kevin Hart and Donald Veal.

Kerry Wood

There is a possibility that the Cubs will resign Kerry Wood if he is willing to take a one or a two year deal from the Cubs. If Wood wants a longer contract, they will likely let him go. Bruce Levine indicated the Angels and the Mets could be an option for Wood if he does not resign with the Cubs.

Levine contradicted all of the reports from the Chicago media that stated if the Cubs trade for Peavy and resign Dempster there would not be enough in the budget for Wood. Levine made it sound like if Wood will accept what the Cubs are offering, then he will be in blue pinstripes again.

Jeremy Hermida

The Cubs have talked to the Marlins about Jeremy Hermida according to a report in the Tribune, “but he is not near the top of their left-handed bat wish list as of now.

Raul Ibanez

The Tribune reported the Mets “seem to be favorites to sign” the former Seattle Mariner.

Aaron Heilman

According to a report in the Denver Post, the Mets are looking to move Aaron Heilman and the Cubs are one of four teams interested in the reliever (Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks). Most feel Heilman is in need of a change of scenery.

Lastly, “Mr. Players-do-not-win-championships-organizations-do“, Jerry Krause, was dismissed from his job as a scout for the Mets.

Well, that’s the latest….and I’m sticking to it!

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