With just over 24 hours before free agency begins, the Padres and Braves are near a deal for Jake Peavy according to a report from Scott Miller on CBSSports.com. Miller’s report late Wednesday night stated “the Braves are offering a four-player package of players and San Diego is expected to request that Peavy waive his no-trade clause so the deal can be completed.”
Barry Axelrod has not spoken with Kevin Towers according to Miller “and if that conversation takes place on Thursday, it may still be a bit before the Padres and Braves receive an answer.” Peavy is in Puerto Rico and scheduled to fly back on Thursday. The Braves “have been pressuring” the Padres for an answer by Friday.
Miller stated Peavy’s “preference is said to be in Chicago with the Cubs.” The Padres would receive Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, either Jo-Jo Reyes or Charlie Morton and either Blaine Boyer or one of two minor league southpaws and Miller reported one could be Jeff Locke. Hernandez was the Braves fifth best prospect according to Baseball America at the beginning of last season while Locke ranked eighth on their list.
The Braves, as mentioned, want an answer by Friday because they are intent on adding two starting pitchers this off-season. If the Braves land Peavy they could turn their attention to signing either A.J. Burnett or Ryan Dempster…or both if they lose out on Peavy.
Miller’s report indicated that the Cubs offer of Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno and Sean Marshall has been viewed by the Padres as “being nowhere close to that of the Braves.”
A rather slow day on the Peavy front just became very interesting.