Could St. Louis Win the Jake Peavy Sweepstakes?

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2008

As no official negotiations have started between ace Jake Peavy and the St. Louis Cardinals, one has to wonder what St. Louis' rotation would be like if he does indeed come to the "Gateway to the West."

In a recent ESPN report by Buster Olney, Jake Peavy stated that St. Louis was one of a select few teams that he would prefer.

There are many prospects that St. Louis could offer the San Diego Padres in hopes of winning the great Peavy prize. However, Cards' top prospect Colby Rasmus would most certainly be off the table in part of a trade.

More likely trade candidates would probably include Todd Wellemeyer, Jason Motte, Josh Kinney, Adam Kennedy, and Chris Duncan, just to name a few.

I'm just speculating at this point. However, what I know is that it will take several prospects, at least three to four, to land the dominating ace.

However, several factors are working against the Redbirds on signing Peavy.

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St. Louis recently signed young pitcher Kyle Lohse to a huge four-year, $41 million contract just weeks ago. Their own ace Chris Carpenter decided to forgo surgery to fix a nerve injury in his pitching arm. Worst of all is that Peavy controls his own destiny with a full no-trade clause.

Signs point to the Cardinals solving their starting rotation problems from within, but it would be a huge boost to the Cardinals if they were to land him. To this faithful Cardinals fan, the inactivity of last year's trade deadline needs to be rectified.

What better way than to sign one of the most dominating pitchers in the league?

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