The Jake Peavy to the Cubs rumors will not die, and today they took a turn for the interesting.
A source within the Padres organization claims that it’s “basically a done deal” (whatever basically means) that Peavy is headed to Chicago, and that the Cubs will send back Felix Pie, Sean Marshall and Ryan Theriot.
Is this one of those “I know a guy, who knows a guy” deals? Yes, that’s exactly what it is. So I have no idea if it’s true. All I can say is that the “source” is a guy who actually should know.
If he’s too be believed, sometime last night the Cubs and Padres agreed on the players already mentioned, and any haggling left would involve any minor leaguers who might be included in the deal on both sides.
This would directly contradict what Buster Olney wrote today on ESPN.com, in which he thinks the Braves and Padres have basically agreed to trade Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez and a pitcher for Peavy.
Of the five named players in the trade rumors (Pie, Marshall, Theriot, Escobar and Hernandez) Escobar’s clearly the best player. But Gorkys isn’t that great, and it’s no safe bet that either Jo-Jo Reyes or Charlie Morton would ever be any better than Sean Marshall.
I guess the Cubs’ rumor makes sense if Theriot is going to play second base for the Padres, since Cubs fans have seen that he clearly can’t handle shortstop defensively.
You know, if Felix Pie had just actually been good, this trade would have been a lot easier to make, wouldn’t it?
Well, we’ll see who’s right. Little Buster Olney or a guy who actually draws a paycheck from the Padres. Let’s hope it’s the Padre.