While we were busy celebrating, the Hot Stove League was blazing this weekend. We’ll delve in, bullet-point style.
- The Padres will deal Jake Peavy this winter, and this trade will be consummated at or by the Winter Meetings.
- Ken Rosenthal thinks that the Yanks are a prime suitor for Peavy and the Padres. They have some near-MLB-ready outfield prospects and a plethora of young arms to trade. Rosenthal thinks the Yanks would have to part with Robinson Cano in a potential deal with the Padres as well.
- But — and this is a fairly substantial but — Peavy, according to some team officials, “hates” New York. It would take extra compensation to land Peavy, and the Yanks won’t want to deal prospects for the opportunity to toss more money Peavy’s way.
- BP’s John Perrotto believes the Yanks would include Phil Hughes (subscription required) in a deal for Peavy. I’m not sure I understand that logic. Hughes’ value in the eyes of the Yanks hasn’t dropped that much since last winter when the team wouldn’t include him in a deal for Santana, and Santana was a known AL commodity. Perhaps the Yanks appreciate the fact that Peavy is locked up for a few years, but his contract is hardly a steal.
- The Sox are interested in kicking the Peavy tires, but the price seems too high for them as well. If Peavy doesn’t want to pitch in New York, he won’t like Boston either.
- Buster Olney believes that Mark Teixeira and the Yanks are a good fit, but the Yanks seem to have a limit. They don’t want to offer 10 years and $200 million to the first baseman but seem willing to go to six years at $18-$20 million per.
- Olney notes that the Orioles will be active in perusing the Maryland native as well, but if I’m Tex, I go to the Yanks. New York has a much better shot at winning a World Series over the next six years than the Orioles do.
- Within the same piece, Buster notes that the Yanks are willing to outbid for CC Sabathia by “a factor of 30 to 40 percent.” If CC wants the money and wants to come to New York, he’ll be here next season. These early rumors show that, to the Yanks, money is nothing.