San Diego ace Jake Peavy is not on the table in talks between the Sox and Padres regarding a trade for Manny Ramirez, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks.
Also, San Diego GM Kevin Towers met with a group of Padres season-ticket holders last night and, according to someone who was there, was asked specifically about Peavy. He said at that time as well that Peavy would not be part of a trade.
From the Sox side, they have said it would take a Peavy-type player to make this trade happen, which is why the chances of a Manny deal remain 50-50. There is a determination not to move him without fair value in return. But the Padres' interest in Ramirez is genuine, and Towers and Sox GM Theo Epstein have shown an affinity for trading with each other.
That may be one reason why the Dodgers remain on the periphery of Manny trade talks, even though they have major league-ready prospects available to the Sox. The Dodgers, who sought David Wells only to see him wind up with the rival Padres at the waiver deadline last August, may have some doubts whether in the end they can compete with the Padres for Manny.
Also, no one should believe those are the only teams talking to the Sox about Ramirez. There are others, and talks should continue at the winter meetings when the Sox arrive Sunday in Orlando.