Padres ‘focused on conversations that make sense for us’ …
On Friday, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes huddled with several front office types — with professional scouts on a conference call as well — to ‘compare notes’ as Byrnes put it, as the team ramps up for what could be a busy time leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Or, of course, it could be pretty quiet as well.
“I don’t think we’ll be quiet as busy as everyone thinks,” Byrnes said.
That said, the Padres hold what might be one of the more interesting trade pieces in third baseman Chase Headley, a player they won’t part with unless the return haul is satisfactory — and, by all accounts, pretty steep.
Most of the conversations Byrnes has had to date involves Headley.
“For the last several weeks, we’ve been pretty busy spending time on it,” Byrnes said. “… But at the same time, we’re focused on the four or five conversations with clubs that makes the most sense for us.”
The Padres have taken outfielder Carlos Quentin off the trade market by signing him to an extension. There seems to be momentum that the team will do the same with closer Huston Street.
If the Padres don’t deal Headley, they could part with reliever Luke Gregerson in a deal. If they don’t, then it could end up being a quiet weekend as Byrnes predicted.
— Corey Brock