Moments before the trading deadline today, Jake Peavy finally accepted a trade to the Chicago White Sox.
So what changed between May and now?
- Is it the fact that the White Sox now have a winning record?
- Is it the fact that including Peavy's injury, the Padres were on pace to absolutely smash the MLB record they set for injuries in 2008?
- Was it the good young pitchers the Padres have had traded for and brought up like Mat Latos, Tim Stauffer and Sean Gallagher? Did Peavy feel the Padres could make due without him now?
Regardless of the payroll limitations the team may have, with Peavy gone and Giles coming off the books at the end of 2009, the Padres can now:
- Keep players like Gonzalez, Bell, Young and Eckstein for 2010.
- Go after some mid level free agents to compliment the good young players like Headley, Gwynn, Hundley, Blanks, and Cabrera that they have now.
- Prepare for a bright future.
Overall the Padres got what Baseball America ranked as the White Sox 2, 3 and 12th best prospects for 2009 and a hard throwing 6'8", 26 year old reliever that has 22 appearances in his rookie season this year.
Would I have liked to have seen more coming back the Padres way in this trade? Of course. But the Padres did not get a bad haul considering the no win situation they were in.
This trade also frees up alot of payroll.
In 2010 the Padres have salary committed to just Young and Gonzalez. Of the players likely to be coming back, only Bell, Kouzmanoff, Correia, Baek and Adams are arbitration eligible players. The rest of the players are either on one year deals or are not eligible for arbitration.
The way I see it that leaves the Padres with a Payroll of about $25 - 26 million.
- $11 million for Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez.
- About $6.5 million for Bell, Kouzmanoff and the other arbitrration eligibles.
- About $2 - $2.5 million to bring back Eckstein and Gaudin.
- and $7.2 million for 16 guys at or about the major league minimum like:
Headley, Hundley, Cabrera, Gwynn, Blanks, Venable, Latos, Stuaffer, Burke, Gregerson, Mujica, Perdomo, Gallagher, and now Richard and Poreda.
Bring on 2010.