Friday, July 31, 2009
Acquiring Jake Peavy
We’ll see your Washburn and Cabrera and raise you a Peavy.
How does: Buehrle, Peavy, Floyd and Danks sound for the next few years?
Crazy that the trade deadline once again came down to the final hour, heck the final minutes.
Once again, KW pulled it off. You have to give him credit.
With the clock ticking, we were able to have Peavy approve the trade, MLB arrange the paperwork and then agree with the Padres on players to involve in the deal. All in a matter of minutes …
Literally, at 2:15 p.m., not much was happening. The phone wasn’t ringing. Then BAM. The last time it was like that was Contreras (and we all know how that ultimately turned out).
Sorry for the jagged thoughts, but things are still racing …
Here are some quotes from KW after the deal was announced at 3:30 p.m.
“We’re happy and he’s happy.”
Peavy is going to begin throwing off a mound tomorrow to start his rehab. Our expectation is for a late August/early September return from the sprained tendon in his ankle.
“He’s chomping at the bit, but we are going to be conservative in our approach.”
“In our division, this is going to come down to winning in September. And we want to be as strong as we can be in September.
“We believe we have a chance to get to the playoffs. And if you get to the playoffs, you want to be able to dream of winning in the playoffs and winning the World Series.”
On Peavy turning down a deal in May:
“He never said, ‘No.’ Just not yet.”
On the cost we paid:
“To get a No. 1, you’ve got to pay a price. We paid that price. We’re here to dream and to dream big.”
“We have the ability to win this division. It will have more to do with how we come, on a daily basis, how we come to compete.”