Friday, July 31, 2009

Axelrod on Peavy trade

Jake Peavy's decision to accept a trade to the White Sox this afternoon largely reflected his belief that none of his favored clubs was likely to come after him in the offseason, said Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod.

"There's no assurance that one of his prime target teams was going to take a shot at him in the offseason," Axelrod said. "He's coming off an injury. And his contract -- the bottom line is, it's not a bargain, because we're now into the three-years-at-$52-million phase, and the uncertainty due to the injury, and the economy."

Peavy's preferred teams were the Cubs and Dodgers.

In late May, he decided against accepting a trade to the White Sox.

A damaged ankle tendon put Peavy in a walking boot for five weeks, starting in mid-June, and Axelrod reminded White Sox GM Kenny Williams today that Peavy hasn't thrown off a mound since his outing against the Diamondbacks on June 13.

"Frankly I am flabbergasted that the White Sox would want to make this deal with him in this physical condition," Axelrod said. " We are optimistic about the ankle. Jake is prepared to throw off the mound. Jake is optimistic. But he hasn't thrown off a mound in two months. "

Axelrod marveled at how much ground all parties covered between noon and the 1 p.m. trade deadline. He said conversations with Padres CEO Jeff Moorad and Williams were fruitful.

"We had 34 minutes to talk about this," Axelrod said. "It went back and forth three or four times. It just so happened that at 12:57, Jake said go ahead and do it. If it had been 1:05 he might have said, don't do it. The kid's been through a lot."

Citing other factors, Axelrod noted that the White Sox (52-51 and 2.5 games behind the Tigers) are in better playoff contention than when Peavy nixed the deal in late May.

He also said it's clear that the Padres were extra determined to move Peavy's contract, which goes from $11 million to $15 million next year, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012 with a $4 million buyout on a $22 million club option.

NOTES

I am covering Chargers two-a-day practices today for CBSSports.com but plan to write more on the Peavy trade, plus the firing of hitting coach Jim Lefebvre and other Padres developments. Not surprising that the Padres are holding onto Adrian Gonzalez through season's end. Club CEO Jeff Moorad told me for a VoiceofSanDiego.org column that there was "no chance" the Padres would trade Gonzalez this month. As for the Heath Bell trade talks, the Dodgers were among the clubs that inquired about Bell, perhaps a sign that they want to bolster closer Jonathan Broxton for the stretch drive.

2 comments:

  1. Axelrod's comments make me feel a little better as a Twins fan.

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  2. Sour grapes on the agent's part. ESPN is reporting that he was largely cut out of the negotiations BY HIS OWN CLIENT in the final minutes of the deal. It was the two GMs and Peavy on the conference call, at the request of Peavy.

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