Jerry Crasnick reports, former Padre Jake Peavy is putting baseball on hold while he sorts through turmoil in his personal life. I heard the first of this a few weeks ago from @jpeavystruth’s mysterious Twitter feed. This may explain why the Padres didn’t show interest in signing him as a reclamation project due to his former ties with the team in the off-season, instead of Jered Weaver.
The turmoil that Crasnick describes is his pending divorce from his wife Katie of 15 years. He was delivered divorce papers after Game 4 of last year’s NLDS. But don’t go feeling too sorry for him. Without going into any detail, it’s long been rumored that Peavy was not the family man that fans thought he was, so it’s more surprising that she put up with him as long as she did.
"I'm not shying away from getting divorced," Peavy said. "It's not something I'm proud of or something I wanted or asked for, but it happened and I'm dealing with that. But I also have four boys I'm responsible for in life, and I just feel deep down that it's in my best interests and my family's interests to be there through this time.
"When I sign with a team, I'm all in. For me to leave right now with so much uncertainty in my life, it wouldn't be fair to an organization and it wouldn't be the right thing to do as far as being a dad."
The other piece is that Peavy lost millions in a Ponzi scheme but it looks like he’ll be able to recover some of it. He was, however, forced to do depositions during the season that took his focus off his starts.
In the end Peavy still wants to play and scouts believe he can help a team in the second half, but it likely won’t be the Padres since they won’t be pushing for a second half run.