Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Padres see three teams - Braves, Cubs, Dodgers - as potential trade partners in their attempt to unload Jake Peavy. The Phillies aren't one of those teams (Peavy would not waive his no-trade clause, among other obstacles...) but a trade from the cellar-dwelling Padres to another NL team could have a substantial impact on the Phils 2009 campaign.
Cubs - The Cubs already have Carlos Zambrano, Rich Harden, Jason Marquis and Ted Lilly under contract and I wouldn't be surprised if they re-sign 17 game winner Ryan Dempster. If Cubs can trade for Jake Peavy, they would have the best rotation in the National League.
Dodgers - The Phillies NLCS victims are set to lose number one starter Derek Lowe and the consistently injured Brad Penny, but they will still have the not-ready-for-prime-time Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw. Even if the Dodgers can't sign offensive catalyst Manny Ramirez, but given the state of the NL West, they are still the favorites to repeat. The addition of Jake Peavy at the top of that rotation would make for quite a formidable playoff opponent.
Braves - Even with the addition of Peavy, the Braves don't have a enough to challenge for the NL East. They have enough young talent to be competitive but also enough old, fragile pitchers (Smoltz, Hudson, Hampton) to come up short in the end. However, having to face Peavy a few more times in a season could mean a few more losses and the difference between getting a Wild Card for teams like the Phils and Mets. But with all things considered, I would rather Peavy end up in the NL East with a struggler like the Braves instead of bolstering a true contender.
A big WSBGM's congratulations goes out to Shane Victorino for winning his first Gold Glove and to Jimmy Rollins for claiming his second in two years. The Gold Glove is a totally bogus award (Derek Jeter has a couple of these things!), but it's nice that these two have something to show for the great defense they played this season. Also, they get trophies shaped like a glove, which is nice.
This if from Yahoo! Sports: "The Boston Globe reported Wednesday the San Francisco Giants may be interested in Burrell."
Is there a worse fit between player and stadium than Burrell and AT&T park. A huge left field that makes homers scarce and outfielders cover lots of ground does not seem optimal for Burrell.
Burrell's reps had this to say about negotiations with the Phillies, "The necessary designations have been filed with the players' association and I submitted a joint designation to Ruben." No word on whether Amaro smoked it...