The Braves are supposedly leading in the Jake Peavy Sweepstakes. They've got a bunch of good prospects to deal and Yunel Escobar for a centerpiece. The Cubs don't have the talent to deal to match the Braves, Peavy doesn't seem interested in going to the AL and the Padres surely wouldn't trade Jake to the division rival Dodgers. So, things are looking good for the Bravos, right? Not so fast.
Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, indicated Jake might block the trade to Atlanta if Yunel Escobar is involved in the deal because Yunel is too good and the Braves would then have a hole at shortstop. Do what?? Now, I love Escobar. I think he's a hell of a shortstop and could be the second coming of Furcal with less speed and more power. I also think I'd trade him in a millisecond if I thought we could get a Cy Young caliber ace. Braves beat writer David O'Brien e-mailed Axelrod and got a clarification (or a backpedal, take your pick). So now we're back where we started with the interested teams haggling, the Padres trying to squeeze a bigger prospect out of the deal and Peavy angling for more loot. Thank God. I need some backstabbing, politicing and intrigue to follow now that I don't have election stuff to obsess over.