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Towers Shoots Down Potential Deal

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Update #4: Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribue talked to Padres GM Kevin Towers who said "at this point in time, I do not see a potential deal with either club."  He of course is speaking about the Braves and Cubs, who were considered the front-runners to land Peavy. Krasovic says that Towers might look to the Yankees and Angels. My guess is that he is just posturing to try and get either the Cubs or Braves to crack and increase their offer and I still expect a deal to one of the two teams to be done tomorrow.

Update #3: Rosenthal has a new post in which he says that the Braves will go after free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal if the team acquires Jake Peavy. It sounds more and more like the Braves are intent on trading Yunel since an acquisition like Furcal would pretty much get rid of any financial benefit of Peavy's contract. Rosenthal also goes on to state that if something doesn't happen soon, the Braves will look at a free agent pitcher like Derek Lower or Ryan Dempster instead of Peavy.

Update #2: Was this all a bad game of telephone? Sounds like it might have been. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports quotes a Padres source as saying that Miller's report is "Totally inaccurate", while going on to say that neither the Braves or the Cubs have heard anything from the Padres about a deal being accepted. Dave O'Brien also chips in on the AJC website, saying that Peavy's agent told him that the Padres have yet to contact his client to waive his no-trade clause. I still think something will get done before free agency opens up tomorrow but it looks like Miller jumped the gun on this one.

Update #1: Miller's report seems to have stirred up quite a bit of activity among baseball writers. Ken Rosenthal says that the deal is close but the Braves have not been told that the Padres accepted their proposal, while Tom Krasovic seems far less certain of Rosenthal and Miller that a deal is on the verge of being completed. David O'Brien also has something to say, adding that the two lefty prospects being talked about are Jeff Locke and Cole Rohrbough.

Scott Miller of CBS Sports is reporting that the Padres will ask Jake Peavy to waive his no-trade clause to complete a deal which would send the right-hander to Atlanta. According to Miller, the deal would send Yunel Escobar, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Morton/Jo-Jo Reyes, and Blaine Boyer or one of two minor league southpaws. Miller goes on to say that Padres GM Kevin Towers is said to be leaning towards Morton and Boyer to complete the package. It looks like the only possible hiccup now would be something with the no-trade clause. Peavy has said in the past that he would play for the Braves but it's also believed that his waiving of the no-trade rights could be contingent on a number of factors, including whether the new team will guarantee his $22 million 2013 option.

As many of our readers have pointed out, trading Yunel will leave a fairly large hole in the team's offense and defense. In a recent post, Ken Rosenthal suggested that the Braves might be willing to turn to the reigns over to Brent Lillibridge. The more common line of thinking is that the Braves would bring in a veteran via trade or free agency to take over Escobar's spot in the field.

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