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.Took a page out of Johan's book too:“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.
“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.”