five or six players, plus the remaining $63 million on the final four years of Peavy's contract.
"They were looking for a Herschel Walker-type deal," one Cubs official said.
The Red Sox have the money and the players in the farm system to land Jake Peavy. The Padres are having a fire sale and need cheap players. Boston could aford to put together a package of young players to land one of the best pitchers in baseball. The Red Sox could ship Bowden, Bard, and Kalish to San Diego and still have a solid farm system for the future. Theo and Lucchino have strong ties to the Padres so they should be able to work something out if they are willing to give up some prospects. Most Red Sox deals involve secrecy (think Coco) so maybe no news is good news on this one.