LAS VEGAS -- Padres GM Kevin Towers stopped by the media room today along about the time Cubs GM Jim Hendry was here. (Both men were here to listen to Greg Maddux's retirement speech.) No, they didn't make that trade for Jake Peavy. They talked, but not to each other.
Towers, who is much more effusive about trade talks than is Hendry (Towers gets called "Tampering Towers" from time to time by his peers), said the Peavy situation is "down to one team," and that team is the Cubs.
The two GMs have not had formal trade talks yet, but Hendry joked that he'd probably talk with Towers before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Towers did say his club needed pitching, making one wonder if there was anyone on the Cubs or in their system (such as Mitch Atkins or Donnie Veal) that he's asked about. But he did say more than one club was involved in trying to make this deal work.
While other media outlets have termed the talks "on life support" or "on again" or "off again," Towers termed them "ongoing."
There is no deadline to get things done, but Towers did say: "If we weren't to have made any progress in the next three or four days, as I said earlier, I think that's the time where we need to come out and make some sort of statement that he's going to stay with us."
That doesn't mean a trade will have to be done, because it probably won't be by then, but Towers wants to see "progress" by the end of the week or he'll end talks in fairness to Peavy.
He also said he knows Hendry has other things to worry about, such as getting a left-handed bat. That, once again, is Job 1 as the Cubs see it.
"Where our focus is really Peavy, I think he has a couple other things that he has to focus on here as well," Towers said of Hendry.
I'm hearing from Cubs people that nothing of substance is getting done on moving pitcher Jason Marquis to the Rockies.