Not so fast on those Padres players …
The Padres enter the All-Star break with a 34-53 record, which has them 13 games out of first place in the National League West.
So that means they’ll be sellers at or before the July 31 trade deadline, right?
Not so fast.
While the Padres certainly have some interesting pieces they could move — and, as you might expect, they’re getting plenty of hits on third baseman Chase Headley — general manager Josh Byrnes might not be inclined to make many deals if any at all.
Why? Because the Padres like Headley just like they like outfielder Carlos Quentin, closer Huston Street as well as starting pitchers Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez.
The popular thought is a team would have to blow the Padres away for them to part with Headley, who is still under team control for two more years, is durable, a good defender and a switch-hitter.
Quentin, the San Diego native, has struggled in July after a torrid start. He could be a nice piece for a team looking for a right-handed bat with pop.
Street, the Padres lone All-Star representative, has converted all 13 of his save opportunities and might make the most sense to move in a deal.
Richard and Volquez? They’re under team control through 2013 (or 2014 in Richard’s case) and they have been durable. In a strange season that has seen the Padres make 19 disabled list moves and with seven — yes, seven, starting pitchers currently on the disabled list, it doesn’t make sense to move them.
Hey, it could be an interesting few weeks for the Padres, who are playing better — 15-13 over their last 28 games. Or it could be downright quiet.
– Corey Brock, MLB.com
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