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The Atlanta Braves are trying to fill their biggest need and make a major after-season splash by trading for San Diego Padres right-hander Jake Peavy.

A person familiar with the talks told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the Braves and Padres have discussed a potential blockbuster trade that would bring the Alabama native to Atlanta for a package that would include at least three Braves prospects.

Peavy, 27, has an 82-62 record and 3.25 ERA in 199 starts for San Diego, with a franchise-record 1,256 strikeouts in 1,261 innings. He won the Cy Young award in 2007 after leading the National League in wins (19), ERA (2.24) and strikeouts (240).

He's under contract for four more years with salaries of $11 million in 2009, $15 million in 2010, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, plus a $22 million option for 2013 with a $4 million buyout.

He has a full no-trade clause, but Peavy has told friends he would waive the clause to come to Atlanta or another National League team with playoff potential, including St. Louis or Houston.

Source: Journal-Constitution

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