Before the season, Braves general manager Frank Wren was tasked with rebuilding the pitching staff.
For about a month, he was negotiating with an equally stubborn GM: the Padres' Kevin Towers. The player in question was Cy Young winner Jake Peavy.
Last month Peavy vetoed a trade that would have sent him to the Chicago White Sox, since he has a no-trade clause. Those close to Peavy have said on numerous occasions that he would prefer to pitch in the National League, thus the veto. This limits the Padres ability to shop him around the league.
Sure things did not end on good terms between Wren and Towers.
Sure all of the players Towers wanted are still off limits.
Sure Yunel Escobar has proven to be better than the player offered to San Diego during the offseason.
But come on, Peavy wants to pitch in Atlanta. The Braves have the prospects, they have the money, so why not?
If there's one thing the Braves have learned this year (after last year's lesson that you can never have too much pitching), its that they in fact do have too much pitching.
Tom Glavine and Kenshin Kawakami are filling roster spots that should be taken by young studs Tommy Hanson and Kris Medlen.
Tim Hudson, scheduled to return in August, is signed only through 2010. Same with Javier Vazquez. Glavine will be a free agent after this season.
With so many "expiring contracts", it would make sense to shuffle around some arms to bring in a young pitcher like Peavy (under contract for four years). So do we offer up Hudson or Vazquez as part of a package? Its not crazy to consider.
What about a three-team trade? The Cubs get Vazquez, the Braves get Peavy and the Padres get prospects from both.
While I don't expect Frank Wren to be calling up Kevin Towers anytime soon (although if Adrian Gonzalez is on the block, I'll call him myself). But its not completely out of the realm of possibility that the two may re-open negotiations before the end of July.
The Padres are desperate, and the Braves ought to know it.