Padres GM Kevin Towers said yesterday that Jake Peavy added the Yankees to a list of teams he would agree to be traded to.
Not so fast, said agent Barry Axelrod. There has been no such approval and Peavy would want “considerations” to accept such a trade.
By that, Axelrod means a contract extension. Peavy is signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013 at $22 million with a $4 million buyout. To waive his no-trade rights, he will want that option picked up. At least that is where the negotiations will start.
If Brian Cashman wasn’t willing to trade prospects to Minnesota for the rights to sign Johan Santana to an extension, why would he do that for Jake Peavy, a National League pitcher who plays half his games in Petco Park, a pitchers’ paradise?
Peavy has a 2.66 career ERA at Petco. It’s 3.69 everywhere else. What would it be in the American League with multiple games at Fenway Park and Camden Yards?
The easiest, least-painful route to improve the rotation is to sign free agents. Sabathia, Burnett, Lowe, Garland, Dempster, etc. Pick two.