Reports from the GM meetings are that talks with the Padres for Jake Peavy are heating up.
The Astros, Cubs, Cardinals and Dodgers have been mentioned as possible suitors for Peavy, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves might be the favorites
to land Peavy. O’Brien writes that shortstop Yunel Escobar (entering his final season before he becomes arbitration-eligible) seems likely to be part of any proposed deal, but that righthander Tommy Hanson is likely off the table for the Braves, as is right fielder Jason Heyward.
2009: $11 million
2010: $15 million
2011: $16 million
2012: $17 million
2013: $22 million club option (with $4 million buyout)
Peavy has been one of the best pitchers in baseball
the last three years. But the team that acquires Peavy is on the hook for another $59 million, plus a $4 million buyout if it doesn’t pick up his $22 million option in 2013. So the team that acquires Peavy has essentially $63 million of payments left on the righthander for his age 28-31 seasons.
With that in mind, what would you consider a fair trade for Peavy, either for the Braves or any of the other teams rumored to be involved in the Peavy sweepstakes? Or would the Braves be better off spending that $63 million elsewhere and keeping their prospects? If you were the Padres, which prospects would you target from these teams, both as centerpieces and as complementary players?