|Padres GM: Peavy unlikely to approve trade to Red Sox||11.03.08 at 7:27 pm ET|
DANA POINT, Calif. — Speaking at the General Manager’s Meetings, San Diego GM Kevin Towers reported that pitcher Jake Peavy is open to a trade to five National League teams, and two American League teams, neither one being the Red Sox. The NL teams are the Braves, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, and Cardinals, while the AL teams are the Yankees and Angels.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with the Red Sox, who are a great organization,” said Towers. “Why certain places are on his list, I couldn’t answer why (the Sox) are off and New York is on.”
Towers acknowledged the possibility that the 2007 Cy Young winner could have a change of heart about the teams to whom he would be willing to go in a trade. All the same, Towers is not inclined to pursue deals with those clubs that Peavy might not approve.
“I’ve been very clear with (Peavy’s agent) Barry (Axelrod), I don’t want to waste people’s time,” said Towers. “I don’t want to spend time talking to clubs (in) the places he has no interest in going to.”
Towers said that Peavy’s preference remains to play in the National League, but that if a deal couldn’t be worked out with any of those teams, then he would be open to considering the two A.L. teams. Towers was under the impression that Peavy would not seek to renegotiate his contract if traded to the Angels (the pitcher owns a house near Anaheim Stadium), but that he would likely seek additional compensation beyond the four years and $60 million (with an option for a fifth year that would push the value of the deal to $78 million) to move to the Yankees.
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