Jones' career in jeopardy

Updated: January 4, 2009, 4:43 PM ET
By Buster Olney
• The Braves seemingly got to the 1-yard line in their negotiations for Jake Peavy in November, reaching the point where they were haggling over the last prospects in the deal. We don't know yet if Jeff Moorad's proposed deal to buy the Padres will alter San Diego's effort to trade the 2007 Cy Young Award winner, but if San Diego still wants to make a deal, it makes sense for the Braves -- who have been stymied in their efforts to land a No. 1-type starter -- to revisit these talks.

A sticking point that arose during negotiations is the Braves' refusal to include no-trade clauses in their contracts. Peavy has a full no-trade clause already in the next couple of years of his deal, and in order to approve any deal, he would need a no-trade provision for the entire length of the contract. One source with knowledge of the trade talks indicated this became a major issue for Atlanta.