You want ridiculous proposals?
You want unfounded rumors?
You want scenarios so outlandish they border on gonzo journalism?
Welcome to the Major League Baseball trading deadline season, where you too can pick names out of a hat, throw them against the wall, and see if they stick.
The Padres need a third baseman? Well, why would they try to go after Shea (Terrell Owens) Hillenbrand for next to nothing when they could pick up Mike Lowell for $10 million and their best young pitcher in Jake Peavy? Sure,why not?
As outlandish as the Alex Rodriguez to the Phillies rumor is, this one borders it in pure lunacy. Buster Olney of ESPN.com is reporting that the Padres, after releasing Vinny Castilla earlier this week, are desperate for help at third, and have inquired the Red Sox about Lowell. That much, at least, sounds legit, as is the matter of the pitching-deficient Red Sox asking for some in return.
And then, somehow, it all spirals out of control, with the Red Sox getting one of the National League's best young pitchers in exchange for a third baseman on the other side of 30.
I'm not sure which is harder to believe, that somebody actually created this scenario with a straight face on Baseball Tonight, or that one poster on the Boston.com message boards proclaimed this trade would be "Absolutely [expletive] horrible."
True. For the Padres.
If a deal of this magnitude were even a remote possibility, Theo Epstein's drool would have flooded the Back Bay by this point. Peavy is a 25-year-old ace in the making who will make a total of $10.75 million over the next two seasons, or $1.75 million more than Lowell will make next season alone. As much as Lowell has meant to the defensive prowess of this club, if there's an opportunity to round out your rotation for the future with a 25-year old like Peavy, joining 22-year-old Jon Lester, 26-year-old Josh Beckett, and 25-year-old Jonathan Papelbon for the long-term, well...actually, look at that foursome, do I really have to finish this thought?
"Absolutely [expletive] horrible?" Uh, no. Still, I was shocked when I delved even deeper into the thread, my mouth agape at the utter inanity going on.
Jake Peavy would seem logical but go into the minors…
Looks like Wonder Boy Epstein is trying to make everyone forget the stupid trade he made earlier (Wily Mo Strikeout for Arroyo) by making an even dumber one. If he does this I'm all for sending him and his guitar to San Diego along with Lowell.
If you convert Peavy's numbers this year to the American League he has between a 5.50 and 6.00 ERA. Might as well have picked up Sidney Ponson who has proven he can be successful in the AL. Nothing against Peavy, but I'm not ready to trade away someone as important as Lowell to get him.
Much of this thought process might have to do with the quick glance at Peavy's numbers this season, in which he is 4-9 with a 4.78 ERA, a record that has been hurt somewhat by a case of shoulder tendonitis that has limited his ability to spot his fastball. He hasn't won for San Diego since May 28, and gave up seven earned runs in his last outing, Sunday against Atlanta.
Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Tribune tries to figure out what's wrong with Peavy this season, while Jeff Mason at Covers.com took a look at San Diego's defense and tried to figure out how much it has had an effect on Peavy this season. He concludes that Peavy's Defense Independent ERA would be a steady 3.22. While we have to assume an NL to AL adjustment for a guy like Peavy, how much would Boston's stellar infield defense aid him in that regard?
Know this though, if Peavy's name is indeed coming up in discussions, it's for a heck of a lot more than Lowell (Craig Hansen, perhaps?) No matter what his record says, Peavy is the cornerstone of the Padres' franchise. The Padres hope to have him be what the Red Sox hope Josh Beckett to be in Boston. Unless Kevin Towers has discovered something significantly wrong with his mechanics, there's no way he's moving.
The Padres may have indeed called about Lowell.
The Red Sox likely asked about Peavy.
But there is no way, no how, not ever, that a Mike Lowell for Jake Peavy trade would have ever been on the table. Never.
But welcome to July.