"This was a different year than last year," general manager Kevin Towers said of the shift in priorities, before noting the difficulty. "You're arguably talking about moving one of the top pitchers in the game. But it's not a 100-percent given.
"Nothing is imminent."
It's hard to believe that nothing is imminent when it appears the Padres are doing everything in their power to shop Peavy around. Their actions are speaking louder than their words. The article talks about when the Padres might get the best value for Peavy. Now? After C.C. Sabathia signs? Or at the Trade Deadline in July?
Peavy's agent Barry Axlerold said that Peavy was willing to make too many concessions to stay with the Padres and as his agent he had to make sure that Peavy got a good deal.
"Now we get hit with this," Axelrod said. "If he's here, he's going to make a significant portion of the team's salary. And if this is going to be a long-term build from within, it doesn't make sense to have Jake here if that's what they're going to do. If you're going to win 75 games a year, why pay him all that money?"
I don't think Peavy and Axelrod got hit with this. Peavy made it clear that he doesn't want to stick around during rebuilding years.
"He's not leaping off a sinking ship, that's not what this is," Axelrod said. "It's a combo of what they're saying. It's a monkey wrench in the works, but that's life."
The captain should go down with the ship. I expect Peavy to do the same. Let the women and children run for the life rafts.