The topic du jour seems to be Jake Peavy, so let’s get busy…
- Paul DePodesta weighs in on the situation [h/t LynchMob]: “If you have something you value at one million dollars, it would be foolish to refuse to consider selling it for twenty million dollars. On the flip side, it would also be foolish to sell it for anything less than one million. The thing that makes the market work is that each player has a different value to virtually every Club.” It’s sorta sad that he has to explain this stuff, but there you go.
- Over at Gaslamp Ball, jbox talks about Peavy’s apparent desire to leave San Diego: “He’s in a safer place because [Sandy] Alderson can’t really fire him. Being the star player allows him to say what a lot of other players probably wish they could say and it’s refreshing to hear it.” I’ve said it before, but Peavy is becoming the new Phil Nevin, the guy who will run his mouth as much as his talent lets him. I’ve been watching Peavy pitch since he was at Elsinore, and it would kill me to see him leave. At the same time, if a guy doesn’t want to be here, then maybe he shouldn’t be here. As for the star player mouthing off, I’ve never been able to get behind that sort of behavior. I’ve worked with prima donnas before, and mainly what they’ve inspired in me is an intense desire to smack them.
- Dave Cameron at FanGraphs offers his take: “Despite his shiny 2.85 ERA, 2008 was pretty clearly the worst Peavy has pitched since 2003, which was his first full year in the majors and the year before he broke out into an established front line starter.” Worst since 2003? Uh, except for 2006.
- From ESPN’s Buster Olney: “Multiple sources consider it likely the Padres will deal Peavy in the weeks ahead, and that is a virtual certainty that he will be traded before the July 31 deadline next season. The Padres are seeking at least two young pitchers in return, along with someone who can become the team’s everyday center fielder sometime in the immediate to near future.” In other news, nothing has happened yet.
- On the non-Peavy front, Corey Brock at Padres.com delivers some bad news: “Pitcher Mike Adams, one of the biggest surprises in 2008 and one of the Padres’ most successful relief pitchers, will miss the start of the 2009 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff.” Best-case has him back by Opening Day, but he might not be available until June or July. With the way Heath Bell pitched after the All-Star break in ’08, this is bad news. I’m sure Adams, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, isn’t real thrilled either.
- Corey also delivers some good news: “Citing an uncertain economy, the Padres have chosen not to raise season ticket prices for 2009.” I’m pretty sure “an uncertain economy” is a euphemism for “the fact that people stopped going to games last year.”
- Finally, in case you missed it, Baseball Prospectus has bought Baseball Digest Daily. So, yeah, now I kind of work for Prospectus.
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