It’s official – the Chicago Cubs have pulled out of the Jake Peavy trade rumors.
After mulling over the dollars involved and the number of players that the Padres would get in return for Peavy, Cubs GM Jim Hendry did not think it was in the best interests of the Cubs to make the move. Hendry felt that dealing Mark DeRosa (to the Phillies) and Jason Marquis, Kevin Hart or Felix Pie and the Cubs 2007 #1 draft pick Josh Vitters, was just too much to swallow. Was the whopping $63 million still owed to Peavy a big stumbling point too? We’ll probably never know.
In any event, it’s good to have some closure on the Peavy situation. Now the Cubs can focus on adding that left-handed bat. And remember, the Cubs won 97 games in 2008 – with a rotation of Zambrano, Dempster, Lilly, Harden and Marquis. The Cubs also have great pitching depth with Sean Marshall and Angel Guzman. All 7 of those pitchers will be back in 2009. Keeping the young prospects might also enable the Cubs to pull off a trade before the 2009 trade deadline that could help them advance further in the 2009 playoffs.
Now let’s just hope that Hendry doesn’t stand pat during the entire off-season, or make a bad signing towards the end of the off-season after all the quality players have moved on to greener pastures…