Jake Peavy likely to open season with Padres

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The San Diego Union-Tribune quotes Padres CEO Sandy Alderson today as saying ace Jake Peavylikely will be with us opening day,’ which would greatly decrease the chances of the ace right-hander being traded to the Angels.

The Padres have been trying to trade Peavy since October, and talks with two teams he prefers, the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, broke down. The Angels like Peavy, who has four years and $63 million remaining on a contract that includes a full no-trade clause, and they planned to pursue him if they are unable to retain free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.

But the Padres no longer appear to be shopping Peavy.

“We said from the very beginning in connection with both of those possibilities that we would not make a trade unless it made baseball sense,” Alderson told the Union-Tribune. “We are no longer actively pursuing any trade for Jake, which is not to say someone won’t approach us.”

--Mike DiGiovanna