Axelrod made one concrete stipulation to any trade scenarios: “Jake would only approve a trade to a team with a solid chance of winning and a winning tradition. Those teams in the National League may be in locations that are more acceptable, or would be.”
He said “the ability or opportunity to win is very important to Jake, and hopefully some sort of coincidence with his and his family's lifestyle.”
Among the cities Axelrod mentioned were Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
I know I shouldn't get excited with all of Drayton's downer comments and our lack of prospects to send in return, but I can't help it. If we're going to pick a friend of Oswalt to join him in the rotation, I'd rather have Peavy than Sheets. Let's all dream together. I mean we should at least be flattered that they think we have a solid chance of winning AND a winning tradition.