The Great Raid the movie It came over the wire early this morning and hit my iPhone like a tidal wave. We all thought that the most recent news that Jim Hendry and the Cubs were close to signing on for an extension was the biggest story in town. Now the news that Hendry pulled off a deal for Jake Peavy sparks new life into a team still seathing from the playoff sweep at the hands of Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers.

The deal reportedly went down last night late and was announced to the media in the morning. If you’re keeping score at home, it went something like this:

Cubs Receive: Jake Peavy – SP

Padres Receive: Felix Pie – CF, Sean Marshall – SP, and Jeff Samardzija

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney:

Multiple sources consider it likely the Padres will deal Peavy in the weeks ahead, and that it is a virtual certainty he will be traded before the July 31 deadline next season. The Padres are seeking at least two young pitchers in return, along with someone who can become the team’s everyday center fielder sometime in the immediate to near future. - Source

Hendry felt he could make that happen and jumped on the opportunity in a similar way to when he signed Ted Lilly from the hospital bed. That’s just how he rolls. With rumors that an extension for Ryan Dempster are in the works, the Cubs become the clear cut favorite for the World Series title in 2009.

 


Man how I want to right that story, and why can’t we? Peavy, himself, recently mentioned that if he was to be traded, he wanted it to be to Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Houston or CHICAGO. If the Padres really are looking for the two starting pitchers and a near ready Major League centerfielder, why can’t we provide that? Heck, I’d even give them Fukudome or Tyler Colvin if they wanted one of them instead of Pie. Imagine a rotation of Zambrano, Peavy, Harden, Dempster, Lilly in no particular order. Yikes!!!

 

I know it’s not going to happen, but wouldn’t it be nice?

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail