Kevin Towers and the San Diego Padres have made it no secret that they are shopping their ace and former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy. Peavy has a no-trade clause on a 3-year, $52 million dollar extension he signed in December of 2007, but Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, released a list of National League teams Peavy would be willing to lift his no-trade clause for….and according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Cubs are among five teams mentioned by Axelrod. Peavy would like to stay in the National League and play for a team that has a chance to win. The other cities, on the list released by the San Diego Union-Tribune, are Atlanta, St. Louis, Houston and Los Angeles.
Peavy is scheduled to make $11 million in 2009, $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. The contract extension signed last December has a club option for 2013 worth $22 million with a $4 million dollar buyout.
“Jake has a strong preference to stay in the National League,” Axelrod said. “It is hypothetical, but Jake, by any measure, has had a great deal of success in the National League. He has a comfort level with knowing how to approach hitters here.”
Axelrod made one concrete stipulation to any trade scenarios: “Jake would only approve a trade to a team with a solid chance of winning and a winning tradition. Those teams in the National League may be in locations that are more acceptable, or would be.” He said “the ability or opportunity to win is very important to Jake, and hopefully some sort of coincidence with his and his family’s lifestyle.”