LONG BEACH— I’ve been watching this deal go down now for over two months. Peavy will be dealt.
But the thing is, Peavy is currently in the grips of a mad man in San Diego. A savage man that works without regard to the well being of fans and children throughout the world.
It had long been said that Peavy would like to pitch for the Atlanta Braves. He grew up in Alabama. Apparently his favorite team during those long Alabama summers was the Atlanta Braves. What better place to pitch than in Atlanta, only a few hours from home, for the team he followed during his wonder years?
It didn’t seem like a possibility after he signed a contract extension with the Padres. A five year deal no less. He was going to be locked up through his prime years. And for a relatively affordable price. So, my hopes dimmed for this chance occurrence.
Not until ohhh, about October 8th, 2008 did I start thinking this dream might have a chance to come true. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote a blog suggesting he might be available. Then over the next few days more dirt came out about divorces, payroll cuts, mandates, and finally the phone calls. Frank Wren, GM of the Braves, was ringing Kevin Towers, GM of the Padres, about a deal.
Many, many reports came out speculating who might be included in The Trade. This was to be the first big move of the winder. Peavy was to be traded. He had given a list of preferred teams to Towers. There were five teams on there. The Dodgers, Astros, Cubs, Braves, and St. Louis.
Systematically it was determined, and edicts were issued. With each passing moment Kevin Towers chopped down potential suitors. Astros? No! St. Louis? No? Dodgers? Maybe…
Maybe? Oh what wonders would be… but Ned Colletti of the Dodger shot it down immediately. “I know Kevin,” he implied. “He’s going to ask for too much. Possibly because we are in the same division, and let’s face it, no team in this division is extremely strong.”
Little did the world know there was wisdom in Ned Colletti. It’s hard to fathom after the signings of Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Jason Schmidt and Nomar Garciapara. But it was there.
The Braves anted up. They offered a lot. Some reports had it at one major league experienced pitcher, JoJo Reyes or Charlie Morton, both young and under control for quite some time. One major league shortstop (Yunel Escobar) who is quickly making a name for himself as a true up and comer at the position. One major league reliever (Blaine Boyer). A solid kid who suffers from a syndrome known as Coxianoveruse. But moved into a more favorable environment he might thrive. And the last player in the deal? Nothing more than one of the top center field prospects in the game, Gorkys Hernadez.
Certainly this was a good deal. Right? NO! Down it went as Towers kept demanding more, more, MORE! So, with Towers foaming at the mouth, drunk on his own power and desire to pull in an entire starting line up in the trade, Frank Wren left the room. He called it quits.
From there Towers began to spit out a long, long list of excuses. The Braves wouldn’t grant the no-trade clause to Peavy, that’s why it failed. (Ignore Frank Wren at the podium, he is not really backing out). Peavy never really wanted to go to Atlanta (Ignore the list of acceptable teams, that was a ploy).
Off to Chicago Towers went with the idea to make Atlanta regret their decision and finally pull in his haul for Peavy. After weeks and weeks of discussions, more slanderous remarks cast towards the Braves, the Chicago Cubs GM, Jim Hendry, emerged from the dark, smokey rooms where major league deals are made and declared Kevin Towers to be completely out of his mind. The Cubs were out. Walking away.
“The guy wants way too many players,” Hendry proclaimed.
And with that, the Angels came knocking. Kevin Towers began to salivate…