(if the White Sox can’t even spell one of their starters’ names correctly, what hope is left for their 2010 season?

Given the way he’s never gotten over ill-treatment at the hands of the NY Mets, how d’ya figure Padres closer Heath Bell will react to a former teammate predicting he’ll be traded soon?  That’s just one of the (minor) bombshells (said in Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton voice) by P Jake Peavy, who credits his former club’s surprising year to date to fired G.M. Kevin Towers in a conversation with Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi (link taken from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory) :

œKevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke, Peavy told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. œYou can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager.

œYou see the product of his work. Moorad and those guys just took over the team last year. They didn™t change that team ” (Jon) Garland™s pitched well for them, but they didn™t make any significant moves to that team, that coaching staff.

œKevin Towers put that team together. That™s almost all his people there. And he didn™t have hardly anything to work with, either. That was not the right move, letting him go.

Peavy said the Padres™ bullpen is œthe best in the game. The numbers support that. San Diego™s relievers have combined for a 2.70 ERA, the lowest in the majors.

Because setup men Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams have performed so well, Peavy said he œwouldn™t be surprised if Hoyer dealt closer Heath Bell at the trade deadline in order to add prospects for the future.”