Quick Hitter: Our long national nightmare just might be coming to an end sooner, rather than later. Depending on your source, ESPN's bottom line says the Padres have set a Thursday deadline for a Jake Peavy deal. The Hot Stove Blog says Padres GM Kevin Towers "hopes to know by the end of Thursday if a deal can be had with the Cubs." Advice to Jim Hendry: take Towers to La Cantina and magic will happen, trust Vegas' Mr. Make It Rain.