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The Cubs may be out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes after re-signing Ryan Dempster, and that is not good news for Padres GM Kevin Towers. Corey Brock of MLB.com says that the Towers may look to bring the Braves back into the mix for Peavy. With this news, one has to wonder if Towers' waiting game may backfire. If the Cubs are indeed out of the running, then Towers has lost a lot of leverage in this situation.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com quotes Rafael Furcal's agent as saying the shortstop is "shocked and excited" about the Braves' interest in him. If Yunel Escobar ends up being dealt this off-season, it will be interesting to see if Furcal's excitement and ties to the Braves and the Atlanta area lead to any sort of discount for the Braves.
In another post, Bowman says that the Braves have made an official offer to free agent reliever Will Ohman. The market for left-handed relievers seems to be set at 2-3 years at around $4 million per year. My gut tells me that won't be back.