So Peavy is finally gone.
We all knew it had to happen at some point. I love the guy, but the fact of the matter is we owed him way too much money over the next few years that the Padres couldn't afford to cough up. I wish him the very best in Chicago, and I hope he gets that Championship he's been playing for... God knows he wasn't gonna get it here in San Diego any time soon.
I also read today what we almost dealt Gonzalez AND Bell to the Dodgers (just that thought alone was enough to make me sick to my stomach) for James Loney, Russell Martin, Blake DeWitt, James McDonald, and Ivan DeJesus. Living with a hardcore Dodger roommate for the last two years who owns the only television in the house, I am forced into the position of having to watch a lot of Dodgers baseball, and I can tell you right now with certainty that I wasn't high on ANY of these guys. From what I understand, the Padres were more into this deal than the Dodgers were, and would've pulled the trigger had LA not backed out at the last minute. I still don't understand how this was even considered to be an option in the first place. Towers pretty much said that it would take a lot in order to acquire Gonzo and we're willing to give him AND Bell up for these bums??? I wonder how long it would have taken for this to come back and bite us in the ass...
Other potential deals that fell through include one that would've sent Bell to the Angels for Jose Arredondo, Sean O'Sullivan, and Sean Rodriguez. The Rangers were apparently interested as well but I couldn't find anything as to what they were offering. Also there was apparently one in the works that would've sent Bell to the Marlins for Camron Maybin and Sean West.
So I guess the question at the end of all this is where do we go from here? Do we still look to deal Gonzalez to the Red Sox in the offseason for the Buchholtz-Anderson-Lowrie-Masterson package even though we just acquired new pitching? Or do we look to keep Bell and Gonzo now that we're saving a ton of money (I think I read $52 mil over the next 3 yrs) in the Peavy deal?
Seems to me with that extra money we could resign the both of them AND get a third baseman who can actually hit.