Brewers interested in Jake Peavy?

The Chicago Tribune speculates that the Brewers could eventually make a push to trade for Padres’ ace Jake Peavy.

The Brewers obviously have enough offense to compete for the National League Central title, but they probably could use another starter in their rotation to help them hang with the Cubs.

The Brewers acquired CC Sabathia from Cleveland last summer, and don’t be surprised if they make a push for Jake Peavy later this year.

“That’s going to be based solely on how well we play over the course of time,” said center fielder Mike Cameron, Peavy’s former teammate in San Diego. “I expect for us to play well. We have a lot of talent here.”

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin shocked the baseball world with the Sabathia trade. But Melvin is a small-market GM with a big-market mentality, and stealing Peavy out from under the Cubs’ noses would be a big coup in Wisconsin.

What’s interesting is that the Padres attempted to trade Peavy for most of the offseason and failed to do so. They’re not expected to be competitive this season, yet they’ve started off 5-2 and it’ll be interesting to see if they hang on to Peavy in order to make a run in a weak NL West, which just got a little weaker with the Diamondbacks having to place ace Brandon Webb on the 15 day DL.

But if the Brewers were able to make a deal for Peavy, they would obviously strengthen their starting rotation while keeping him out of Chicago, who made a push to acquire him this past offseason.

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