I for one love speculating about trade proposals. It's fun to live in a fantasy land sometimes and I mentioned Jake Peavy as a potential trading chip for the Padres the other day and Joel Sherman seems to think the same thing.
Would you do it?
Aaron Heilman, Lastings Milledge and Henry Owens to the Padres; Jake Peavy to the Mets
The big question, though, is about Peavy. He had an iffy season (11-14, 4.09 ERA) in a pitcher's park and has some history of shoulder problems. But there is plenty to like. He is the kind of power arm Minaya has been pursuing (second most strikeouts over the past two years behind only Johan Santana). Despite the arm frets, he has made 62 starts the last two seasons. He has won in double digits four consecutive years, yet at 25, is still a year younger than Chien-Ming Wang. And with three years at $18.75 million left on his pact, he is reasonably priced. It seems a risk worth taking for the Mets because front-of-the-rotation starters are just that hard to find. They have inquired about the White Sox's Freddy Garcia, but the request of Milledge and Phil Humber or Mike Pelfrey is too much for a pitcher a year from free agency. And they are conflicted whether to spend substantially on Zito.
If the cost is Milledge, Heilman, and a lesser prospect, then fantastic. I would do it. The best part? The Mets retain Phil Humber and Mike Pelfrey. Pedro, Glavine, Peavy, and The Duque/Maine/Perez starting in the second half of 2007? Start saving for your World Series tickets now.
While there are a lot of people that would be hesitant to make this move, I am sure the Mets can get a one year solution for left while Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez can continue to be fast tracked to get up to snuff. I still love Milledge's potential, but for a Cy Young caliber pitcher? I'm drooling. I know people have soured on Peavy a bit after a down '07, but for me, he is still one of the best in the league.
He had a rough first half with a 4.46 ERA, but did recover in the second half to post a 3.68 ERA. His away ERA is a bit of a concern, but you have to love his peripherals still with his 9+ k/9 and solid control. Give him some work with Professor Rick and the Mets could have the most dominant staff in the league if Pedro can return and pitch like we he used to be able to. If Pedro doesn't come back? The Mets have their bonafide ace that can bring it at 97 mph.