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From Joe "The Hammer" Hamrahi:

While appearing on ESPN Radio,'s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are close to acquiring Jake Peavy from the Padres in exchange for 2B Marcus Giles, RHP Horacio Ramirez and C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
WOW! That's a good pitcher, but we seem to be giving up a whole lot. Throw Linebrink in that deal and it looks a little better.

Interestingly, Peavy is only a fourth year arbitration case as opposed to Marcus Giles who is a fifth year arbitration case, so I?m not sure if he would qualify for free agency for two more years (until after the 2008 season). If that?s the case, then this deal might be even better. In Giles and Ramirez, we?d be sending two fifth year arbitration eligible players to San Diego and getting back a fourth year arbitration eligible player. The potential is for Giles and HoRam to make close to $9 million between them, whereas Peavy would only command a $3 to $4 million salary.

In looking at his splits, the only thing that jumps out is that he seems to be a cold weather pitcher. His worst months the last two years have been June and July, but he has been extremely strong down the stretch for the past three years (strange for someone from Alabama). Of course, he has been a complete disaster in the last two postseasons (the only two postseasons he?s pitched in) - giving up eight runs in four and a third in 2005 and five runs in five and a third this year. Still, I?d take him!

Update [2006-11-16 16:52:50 by gondeee]: Apparently, this rumor may not be so true after all. MetsBlog has learned from ESPN that no such comment was made by Jerry Crasnick. We'll just have to wait and see.

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