Yes, Jake Peavy is a great pitcher.
Yes, the Cubs would have a dominant pitching staff in 2009 with him.
But is he that critical to the team right now? I dont think so.
The Cubs need to win the division first, and they certainly look like the dominant team in the Central Division. I think they'll be heavy favorites to win. So Peavy probably isn't needed to win the divsion.
However, the Cubs real goal is a World Series, and to get one, we have to get through the playoffs. The strategy for getting through the playoffs, or even winning the division, may change significantly if there are some significant injuries (remember 1985?) or other issues that arise during the season.
So doesnt it make sense to keep the powder dry until July, before the trading deadline, so we can sign some key, high salary player from a hopeless team instead of paying up front for a dominant pitcher on what is already the leagues dominant starting staff?
What say you out there in cubdom?