It was likely never anything more than a pipe dream. Still, let's just look at it one last time and dream of what could have been:
Either way, the dream is dead. For weeks the rumors tying Peavy to the Cubs have been on life support, and it almost seems like the rumors that Kevin Towers is floating out the Cubs name to up the offers from other teams have merit. Lou Pinella has continually stated that once Dempster was re-signed, the starting pitching staff was no longer a concern to the team. He reiterated his stance in the Chicago Sun-Times today:
"Starting we don't need. We're set. We've got six good starters [including Sean Marshall], and they're all experienced. Getting Dempster back was the key. We're in good shape with our starting pitching."
Pinella also stressed that the remaining pieces the Cubs would pursue are a power-hitting left-handed right-fielder and some bullpen help. He also mentioned that Mike Fontenot would see an increased role in the offense this year, in hopes he would alleviate some of the concerns over the offense being too righty-heavy.
Sorry Cubs Fans, No Dream Rotation: Jake Peavy No Longer a Possibility originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:28:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.