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San Diego Padres Inside Pitch 2008-11-07

San Diego Padres Inside Pitch 2008-11-07
The general managers meetings ended in Dana Point, Calif., on Nov. 6 with both right-hander Jake Peavy and shortstop Khalil Greene still Padres.

But that doesn't mean they will be Padres come 2009.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers didn't think a trade would be completed at the GM meetings. And he doesn't believe the pair can be packaged.

"If we end up moving Khalil, he probably would be in a separate deal from Peavy," said Towers.

The Padres believe the best suitors for Peavy to be the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Peavy, who has total no-trade control in the contract extension he received last year, has given the Padres permission to talk to five teams on his behalf, including St. Louis and Houston.

But Towers does not believe a match exists with Houston, and St. Louis has said it is not interested in Peavy. The 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner has said he prefers to remain in the National League, but he might be open to a trade to the Yankees.

As for Greene, Towers said he has heard interest from the Orioles, Tigers, Reds and Blue Jays.

Greene, 29, rejected a $29 million, four-year contract extension made by the Padres. Because Greene is eligible for free agency following the end of the 2009 season, the Padres took that rejection as a sign from Greene that the shortstop might prefer to play elsewhere starting in 2009.

The Padres had approached Atlanta about a package that included Alabama native Peavy and Clemson University graduate Greene, but the Braves expressed no interest in Greene.

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