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Jake Peavy; Why the Twins make a good 3rd trade partner

Well, I think we've all heard that Jake Peavy looks like he is going to be traded.  I also think that it is becoming painfully obvious that the Braves are a distinct possibility; in fact, in my opinion, they are his most likely destination.  Recent reports have talks heating up.  I think the Twins should get in on the action.  To me it makes all kinds of sense.  The Twins have what both the Padres and the Braves need most; young, athletic, talented outfielders, and young, established pitching.   We have all of Kubel/Cuddyer/Gomez/Span/Young.  And both Perkins and Blackburn.  And both the Padres and Braves have what the Twins need most; young, talented infielders, including 3b.  The Padres have an extra 3b in Kouzmanoff and Headley.  And the Braves have both an extra 3b in Prado, as well as an extra MI in having Escobar, Kelly Johnson, and Lillibridge.  I think the Twins should pounce.  And I think a deal should revolve around a package such as this:

Kevin Kouzmanoff/Yunel Escobar/reliever to the Twins
Delmon Young/Jake Peavy to the Braves
Jordan Schaffer/Glen Perkins/Tommy Hanson/Matt Guerrier/2 other prospects to the Padres

 

Twins give up: Delmon Young, Glen Perkins, Matt Guerrier, a prospect

Twins get: Yunel Escobar, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and a reliever

Braves give up: Yunel Escobar, Jordan Schaffer, Tommy Hanson, another prospect, and a major league reliever

Braves get: Jake Peavy and Delmon Young

Padres give up: Jake Peavy, Kevin Kouzmanoff

Padres get: Jordan Schaffer, Glen Perkins, Tommy Hanson, Matt Guerrier, a prospect from the Twins, and a prospect from the Braves.

Something along those lines would seem to satisfy all parties in my mind.  

The teams would end up with (longterm):

Twins:
Span-LF
Escobar-SS
Mauer-C
Morneau-1b
Kouzmanoff-3b
Kubel-DH
Cuddyer-RF
Casilla-2b
Gomez-CF
Liriano, Baker, Slowey, Blackburn, one of Humber/Mulvey/Swarzak

Braves:
Johnson-2b
Kotchman-1b
Chipper-3b (Prado almost ready)
McCann-C
Young-LF
Francouer-RF (Heyward on the way)
Brandon Jones-CF (Gorkys almost ready)
Lillibridge-SS
Peavy, Jurrjens, Smoltz, Glavine, Reyes/Campillo (with Morton and one of Reyes/Campillo to replace Smoltz/Glavine in 2010)

Padres:
Schaffer-CF
Gerut-RF
Headley-3b
Gonzalez-1b
Hairston-LF
Greene-SS
Antonelli-2b
C-whoever
Young, Hanson, Perkins, FA signing, Haeger

San Diego's team is obviously weakest, but they're the weakest to begin with, and at least their payroll will be drastically reduced and they are young.

Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.  But I really think involving the Twins in the Peavy trade process could end up benefitting all 3 teams with what they are looking for most.

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