The organizational meetings have come to an end in Tampa. Brian Cashman is en route back to New York. The Journal News has learned from sources who asked to remain unidentified because they were not permitted to reveal the secret plans that the Yankees intend to be better next season and talked a lot about that.
Meanwhile, you fantasy GMs out there should stop trying to figure out how to get the Padres trade Jake Peavy to the Yankees.
Barry Axelrod, Peavy’s agent, made it clear this afternoon that his client wants to stay in the National League. “It’s where he’s comfortable,” Axelrod said. “He knows the hitters and he enjoys that aspect of the game himself.”
If the Padres struck out in the NL, they could certainly try and cut a deal with the Yankees or any other AL team. But players negotiate no-trade clauses into their contracts for a reason. Peavy would likely need incentive – meaning a lucrative extension – to agree to a deal. Axelrod made that clear.
So now the Yankees are back where they were with Johan Santana. Why pay for a pitcher with prospects and money when you can just pay the money?
Peavy has $60 million left on his deal. You want to pay that, plus your best prospects plus another $15 million (at least) for an extension?