Apologies if this has been discussed in other threads, but I think the news that Atlanta has pulled a trade for Javy Vazquez, http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3740201, could have an impact on the Cubs.
I've been in the camp that Peavy probably won't end up a Cub -- especially after re-signing Dempster. Essentially, I didn't think the Cubs would spend a bunch of money (Peavy is owed around $60 million) plus a lot of young talent to get Peavy, when the rotation is already pretty deep and expensive.
But now that Atlanta has already traded some prime talent to get Vazquez, I wonder if San Diego will think Atlanta is out of the Peavy sweepstakes, increase efforts with the Cubs, and work harder to find a third team to swing the deal.
Frankly, I only see Peavy in blue pinstripes next year if someone currently in the Cubs' rotation (Marquis? Harden?) can be dealt to clear payroll. And I'm not advocating a deal for Peavy unless the price is *extremely* right.
But I think the above scenario is more likely now -- maybe 10 percent instead of 1 percent -- thanks to the Vazquez deal. At the same time, I know a lot of us are really tired of hearing/reading about Peavy AND I guess it's possible that Atlanta could be after two starters (I think I remember reading that), though I wonder if they could afford Peavy and Vazquez.
Anyway, I figured I'd get the discussion going ..