Holy crubblebucket!!! Did you know that once the Chicago Cubs’ sale is finalized, the Cubs might re-engage the Padres in trade talks about pitcher Jake Peavy? That is totally brand new information, and MLB.com has the scoop that no one else has been saying for several weeks.
A previously discussed trade of All-Star right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy from the Padres to the Cubs is expected to be revived once the sale of the Chicago club is finalized later this spring, sources close to the situation told MLB.com. via Cubs.com.
You needed a source to tell you that? Seriously?
As part of the deal, San Diego could get Garrett Olson, the starting pitcher the Cubs just obtained from the Orioles in a trade for left fielder Felix Pie.
No freaking way. You are blowing my mind.
The truly sad part is that THIS Jake Peavy rumor is what is making the rounds in the mainstream media today. Things everyone who follows Chicago Cubs baseball even remotely closely has known for weeks.
There is one tiny nugget that a discerning reader could take from the article as new information, after the jump.
Nevertheless, other highly placed sources suggested the move looks like a matter of when, not if, based on various developments.
If we take that at face value and not as mere fluffy inferential bs – which is very hard to do given the rest of the article – then this is new information. Based on recent Cubs moves, many of us have speculated that the Peavy deal was likely to happen at some point, but this is the first time “highly placed sources” (San Diego janitor, perhaps?) have suggested the deal is likely to happen.
Of course, Kevin Towers has to throw a wrench in things to save face:
“I always say that the closer we get to Spring Training, the less likely it is we’ll be moving Jake,” Padres general manager Kevin Towers said when reached by phone in San Diego on Monday. “We’ve got to get ready for our season. I wouldn’t say it couldn’t happen, but it’s going to be more difficult than it was at the Winter Meetings.”
I’d probably say the same thing if I knew my hands were completely tied by trying to trade a guy with a no-trade clause who has effectively said he’ll only go to one team.