Meh, unlike Santana the decision is still a couple of years away, but assuming his arm doesn't fall off in the meantime....
By Bill Center
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
August 19, 2007
Jake Peavy doesn't expect to be with the Padres past the 2009 season and wouldn't be surprised if he were traded away before his present contract expires.
“I'm not optimistic about staying here as much as I'd like to remain a Padre,” Peavy said yesterday before Houston defeated his teammates 3-2 before 44,272, the seventh-largest crowd in Petco Park history.
The loss dropped the Padres five games behind Arizona in the National League West – the farthest the Padres have been out of first in the division since April 30 of last year.
Peavy was speaking of his future a day after Carlos Zambrano signed a five-year extension with the Chicago Cubs for $91.5 million.
“I hope it's not the case, but I think it's inevitable that I'll wind up somewhere else,” said Peavy. “I am not looking to break the bank. I'm not saying I want a huge payday. I'm going to ask for what's fair. And although I hope it happens here, I just don't see the Padres spending that much on a player.
“And if they're not thinking in that direction, they might decide to trade me before it comes to the point of free agency.
“It's not in my hands, as much as I wish it was. And when you look at (Padres CEO) Sandy (Alderson's) stance on long-term contracts, well, he's not been keen on them.”
Peavy's career numbers are almost parallel to those of Zambrano, who has an option for 2013 that would raise the total to $110.75 million – or a record $18.3 million average for a pitcher.
Both pitchers are 26. Both are two-time All-Stars.
Zambrano is 14-9 this season with a 3.86 ERA. His career record is 78-51.
Peavy is 13-5 this season with a 2.19 ERA. His career record is 70-50.
Peavy ranks second in the National League in ERA to teammate Chris Young (1.93) and leads the league in strikeouts (175). Zambrano is not ranked among the ERA leaders and is fifth in strikeouts (139). Opponents are hitting .213 against Peavy and .231 against Zambrano.
Peavy's present contract was negotiated in February 2005 after the pitcher switched agents from Scott Boras to Barry Axelrod.
The right-hander's four-year deal was worth a guaranteed $15 million and valued at up to $26 million if the Padres picked up his option for 2009 (Peavy's first possible year of free agency) and Peavy claimed all his possible incentives.
Peavy is making $4.5 million this season and will make $6 million in 2008 plus a $500,000 performance bonus if he averages 200 innings a season over the 2005-2007 seasons. The club holds an $8 million option for Peavy in 2009, although the amount could go as high as $11.5 million if he wins the Cy Young Award in either 2007 or 2008 and averages 200 innings over a four-season span.
Were the club to refuse to pick up Peavy's option, they would owe him a $500,000 buyout.
But it's not just Zambrano's contract that raises questions about Peavy's value.
Within the past year, Houston's Roy Oswalt, who left last night's game after 4 2/3 innings with a strained left oblique muscle, signed a five-year contract for $73 million and Mark Buerhle signed a four-year extension with the White Sox worth $56 million – not to mention Barry Zito's $126 million, eight-year deal with the Giants.
“All I've heard from friends today are questions about Zambrano,” said Peavy. “Obviously with the Padres' track record, they're not going there, nor would I expect them to.
“I've got to say, the Padres have helped set me up better than I could have ever dreamed. They have given my family security. And I'm proud to be a Padre.
“I love it that I'm climbing up some charts here and closing in on the strikeout record (he is 11 shy of Andy Benes' 1,036). I'd like to be the all-time win leader here.
“What I'd most like is to take those results and have them be a part of winning a championship. I'm more concerned about the team making a conscious effort to win a world championship.
“At times, I don't know if they've gone out on a limb to make it happen. I believe the big philosophy is right. But the first question I'd ask is, 'Can you give me your word that we're going to make an effort to win the World Series?'
“Honestly, they've done a phenomenal job with what they've spent. But we're being asked at a $58 million payroll to compete against the Dodgers and Giants . . . and we're doing it.
“But if we had made a little bit more of a financial commitment to winning, I think we could have already won a World Series.”
The Padres rank 24th among the 30 major league teams in player payroll this season.
Kevin Towers did not return a phone call on this matter.http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/pa ... adres.html
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax