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Towers traded Khalil so they wouldn't be forced to trade Peavy

XX Sports: Kevin Towers Interview (MP3)

  • It's difficult to trade someone that you signed and developed in your organization.  He'll be missed.
  • Over a year ago they tried to sign Khalil to a multi-year deal but he refused.  The Padres knew  they wouldn't be able to keep him once he became a free agent.  "We decided now is the time when we could move him and get the most for him"
  • There was no thought of trading Khalil after the 2007 season.
  • Towers is excited about Mark Worrell beefing up the bullpen.
  • Towers says it's not a secret that they needed to reduce their payroll from $50 million and  get closer to $40 million.  The way the Padres looked at it, if they moved Khalil they would have a better chance to keep Peavy.
  • The Padres have identified 3 or 4 shortstops that may come in a trade.  "I just don't think we can count on Luis [Rodiguez] playing a full six months"
  • Darren Smith said Khalil was telling people that he thought he needed a change of scenery towards the end of the season.
  • Towers thinks that Khalil wanted to move closer to his homes on the East coast.
  • Two clubs were after Khalil and they were very close to sending him to another club, but the Cardinals offered a package that was much better.
  • The Padres are now in a position where they can keep Peavy to start the season.
  • The grievance against Khalil didn't factor at all into the decision to trade him.
  • Worrell has put up tremendous numbers in the minor leagues.