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    Padres Narrow Peavy Trade Talks Down To 3 NL Teams

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    The San Diego Padres are shopping ace starter Jake Peavy, and after numerous discussions with several teams, GM Kevin Towers has announced that he has narrowed the focus down to 3 NL teams. While he did not name the 3 teams, it is widely believed that the list includes the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs, and one of either the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The Braves are considered to be the front-runner to land Peavy. The Braves have the deepest talent of the teams in consideration, and the Braves have made a strong push to make the trade for Peavy in order to get back into the NL East race.

    The Cubs have a combination of MLB and minor league prospects to offer the Padres. Pitcher Sean Marshall, Infielder Ronny Cedeno and Outfielder Feliz Pie have already played in numerous MLB games and could be made part of a package that the Cubs send to the Padres. The tricky part for the Cubs is the ongoing negotiations that the Cubs are having with their most reliable 2007 starter, free agent Ryan Dempster. It is unclear if the Cubs would make the trade for Peavy if they intend to sign Dempster too. On the other hand, a rotation of Carlos Zambrano, Peavy, Dempster, Ted Lilly and Rich Harden would arguably be the best rotation in all of baseball. With the Cubs qualifying for post-season play 2 years in a row, but going winless in the playoffs, the Cubs might just be desperate enough to unload good young talent to win now.

    It is widely believed that the Astros, Dodgers and Cardinals do not have the talent to compete with what the Braves and Cubs have to offer, so the inclusion of these teams on the “list” could be a ploy used by the Padres to increase the chips thrown in by the Cubs or Braves.

    It’s November, so let the “hot stove” fun begin!

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