I don’t think Jake Peavy knows what he wants.
Here are his comments that kicked off this whole song and dance, as reported by the North County Times more than a month ago:
“I want to be here, but I want to be here with a chance to win a World Series,” Peavy said. “If someone says, ‘Hey, we’re going to rebuild, that’s not going to be our top priority’ you certainly would wonder what your other options are.”
There’s no way of knowing if the front office considered trading Jake before this, though my guess is they had. But once Jake made that statement the team called his bluff and announced the Padre ace may be available in a trade. Since Peavy controls his own destiny with a no-trade clause, he and his agent Barry Axelrod have been vocal about his desire of various things since then:
- Stay in San Diego
- Play for a team that isn’t rebuilding
- Pitch in the National League
- Play for the Dodgers, Astros, Braves, Cubs, Cardinals
- Gain complete no trade powers (His no trade powers decrease in 2011 and 2012)
- Make more money than his current contract provides
Some of these priorities are mutually exclusive, which makes me wonder about their order of importance. For instance, Jake says he wants to stay in San Diego but not necessarily if the team rebuilding. Jake must not be familiar with Pythagorean record, which uses runs scored and runs allowed to come up with a better model for wins and losses.
Because Houston’s expected record puts them at 77 wins and 84 losses this year. In other words, we would be more likely to see 77 wins from Houston than 86 wins if they play the season over. Yet Jake may prefer pitching for the Astros if the Padres dare play Venable and Headley next year.
Does he really expect the team to make a deal with so many restrictions? What the a;ldjfoisdf is going on here? It’s so hard to tell. I think Jake’s comments quoted above were just an emotional outburst to a losing season. Considering Peavy’s propensity to wear his heart on his sleeve, that scenario makes sense.
So if Jake really does want to stay, that makes it even harder on my emotions to admit the right deal* for him would be good for the team.
*Nothing less than one of Tommy Hanson or Jason Heyward in package form from Atlanta, for instance.