Padres: “Different conversations …”

A month ago, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said the team was “very aggressive in kicking the tires” on several potential additions for a team that not long ago was two games above .500 and one game out of first place in the National League West.

But today, as the Padres prepare to start the second half with the first of 10 games on the road, Byrnes has been singing a different tune with teams.

“Different conversations,” Byrnes said last week.

Translation: The Padres are no longer buyers but are more so sellers (in reality, everyone is a seller to some degree, but that’s a different post).

The Padres, who were always hoping to find additions to their pitching staff, have always had their sight set on players they could control beyond 2013. The part about being high on adding a ‘rental’ player? That likely was never going to happen.

So if the team is selling, who is on the block? Just about everyone, likely. Chase Headley is and will continue to get hits from other teams. He’s not going anywhere. Same for second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

The Padres would still like to add pitching but would have to dip into their Minor League system to do so. Edinson Volquez isn’t drawing much attention. Someone like Kyle Blanks or Jesus Guzman might, but you’d likely have to package one of them with a prospect to get anything substantial in return.

— Corey Brock


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