Padres Failed Trade Talks: Dye, Pie
Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a couple of blurbs about inquires trade inquiries made by Padres GM Kevin Towers.
The first says that Kenny Williams's asking price for Jermaine Dye a few weeks ago was Khalil Greene and Scott Linebrink. I'm surprised the White Sox would focus on Greene, as him game isn't terribly different from Juan Uribe's. But the Padres don't have anyone else to turn to at shortstop. Greene doesn't reach free agency until after the 2009 season. Anyway, the Padres chose to go with Milton Bradley instead of Dye.
Additionally, the Padres asked the Cubs about Felix Pie. Jim Hendry informed Towers that he's untouchable. Maybe no one is truly "untouchable," but what could the Padres realistically offer? Jake Peavy or Chris Young seems silly, leaving the most valuable young Padres as Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chase Headley, and maybe Cla Meredith. There doesn't seem to be a fit for the Cubs. Maybe Towers was just inquiring to see if Hendry would sacrifice the future for a useful 2007 piece.