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11/17/08 9:00 PM EST

Towers: No recent talks with Yanks

Padres' GM dispels rumor of Peavy negotiations with Cashman

SAN DIEGO -- Don't count the New York Yankees as a player in the Jake Peavy sweepstakes -- not just yet, anyway.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers said on Monday that he hasn't engaged Yankees GM Brian Cashman in anything that resembles a serious discussion about Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner who is on the trading block.

"I have had no direct conversations with Cashman about Peavy over a period of time," Towers said.

Peavy was linked to the Yankees last week in multiple published reports. Towers, who counts Cashman as not only a counterpart but a friend and speaks with him frequently, would still like to move Peavy in a deal, "sooner than later," he said on Monday.

"But nothing is imminent and there's nothing close at this point," Towers said.

Peavy has a full no-trade clause and has stated -- through his agent, Barry Axelrod -- that he would prefer to stay in the NL. Peavy likely would approve a trade to the Braves, Cardinals, Astros, Cubs or Dodgers.

The Padres were in discussions with the Braves about Peavy, but Atlanta GM Frank Wren ended those talks last week, citing the need to move on.

Hot Stove

Towers said the Cubs are his current focus, though a potential deal -- which would have to return a Major League-ready starting pitcher, Towers said -- would likely need another partner in order to work.

"They have got a few attractive pieces, but it would probably involve a third or a fourth club," Towers said.

Towers also said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact with the Los Angeles Angels regarding Peavy.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.