Jake Peavy may not approve the trade to the White Sox.
Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod:
"If I had to make a bet on it, I would guess that Jake would say he's not ready to take that step today,'' Axelrod said. "But he wouldn't necessarily preclude it at any time in the future.
"We aren't hiding anything from anybody. Jake has a strong preference to stay in the National League. He has a comfort zone there, he's been successful, and he's won a Cy Young Award. I don't know that on May 21, that preference has eroded very much. From our point of view we may say, 'Let's give (the Padres) more time and see if a National League team might step up over the next six weeks.'
"If this were any one of three or four other teams and they called about him, Jake would jump at it. He would be willing. They know who they are. They know that certain places are more enticing to him."
So Axelrod just threw a lifeline to the Cubs (which someone should tell Axelrod is in the same city as the White Sox), and the other teams? Are the Astros one of those teams? Who's to say? The tentative deal included three minor leaguers and reliever Clayton Richard, and didn't include Gordon Beckham - the White Sox' first round pick from 2008.
What four prospects would you give up for Peavy? Or would you even do it? Whoever gets Peavy gets this pay schedule:
2010: $15 million
2011: $16 million
2012: $17 million
2013: $22 million club option or a $4 million buyout
UPDATE: Other teams have been interested Peavy, but Peavy has told the Padres on numerous occasions that he wanted to stay in the National League, and there were only three places he would go. The three placesup until now were the Cubs, Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The Braves and Astros had long negotiations with the Padres but were unable to come up with a suitable deal for both sides.