Trading Peavy Would Kill Padres' Hopes of Winning In Near-Future

Eric GomezAnalyst IOctober 17, 2008

San Diego Padres owner John Moores is making it clear that he wants to potentially save as much money as possible if the very likely scenario of selling the team rears its head soon.

Moores, 64, is in the midst of a divorce with his wife of 45 years, Rebecca.

Among the long line of assets to be divvied up by a judge, the Padres are clearly one of the jewels in the Moores estate.

In 2008, under the guise of a poor season with no postseason aspirations, the Padres parted ways with Jim Edmonds, Greg Maddux, Tadahito Iguchi, Randy Wolf and Tony Clark before the season ended.

With payroll not sufficiently cut for Padre brass, CEO Sandy Alderson and GM Kevin Towers apparently have new orders from Moores: Get rid of your best player to save a few bucks.

Peavy signed a $52 million extension that potentially runs through 2013, with a full no-trade clause that would veto any deal.

Despite Jake's insistence to stay with the club (his signing a below-market extension should be sufficient evidence), San Diego's front office has decided to  blame Jake for any potential trade as a pre-emptive measure.

When asked about moving Peavy, Kevin Towers was quoted, saying: "If [Jake] didn't want to go anywhere, he'd say, 'Don't talk to anybody. This is where I want to stay."

Why wouldn't he leave if the club is making no effort to make itself better?

Although San Diego possesses a wealth of starting pitching including All-Star Chris Young, Cha-Seung Baek, rookies Dirk Hayhurst and Josh Geer, San Diego wants young  starting pitching in return for Peavy.

Cost-cutting aside, the trade doesn't even make sense from a baseball standpoint.

Why not shore up the outfield, which features the resurgent Jody Gerut and not much else?

What about the middle infield? Khalil Greene hit .213 in 104 games at SS, and second base saw a revolving door of starters including Iguchi, Luis Rodriguez, Calix Crabbe, Edgar Gonzalez and Matt Antonelli.

San Diego was dead last in the majors with 36 stolen bases in 2008, why not bring in some speed?

With so many glaring holes on the roster, why ask for something you already possess?

Peavy's departure would mean approximately 25 quality starts per year being deducted from San Diego's pitching staff. The team would lose a vocal leader and a perennial Cy Young candidate, one of the best pitchers in the game today.

And so another dark chapter of San Diego Padre baseball would begin.

Why not trade Chris Young while you're at it? Adrian Gonzalez would easily hit 40 HR a year in any other ballpark for 81 home games a season. Kevin Kouzmanoff provides power and steady defense at third base.

For San Diego's sake, I hope a prospective new owner is lined up soon, but given the ecomonic climate of the country, I don't see it happening.

Just two years removed from a second straight NL West title, and a 2007 club that required a 163rd game to be pushed out of the playoff race, Friar fans should expect nothing less than futility in '09 and beyond should this deal go through.

As a usual ticket holder, I can say that it looks more and more like I'll be spending more time on San Diego beaches next summer that I originally planned.