IN A HEARTBEAT:

Turn up the (hot) stove: Temperature, salaries start risin’ (Michael Silverman, 11/12/06, Boston Herald)

A name the Red Sox certainly are going to explore fully as a trade possibility is Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, who was told last year by his general manager Kevin Towers that he would not be traded while he was GM. Towers is not going anywhere but the Padres need a right-handed bat badly and Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, a former underling of Towers, is one of many GMs who is a big fan of Peavy’s stuff and makeup. The Red Sox have a formidable right-handed bat in Manny Ramirez, who would have to make the Padres sit up and take notice but, Manny Ramirez’ trade veto is an issue that would have to be explored as well.

Such a deal would return Theo to godhood.

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