Byrnes: 'We don't need to trade anyone'
Headley, Street, Quentin attractive to teams but valued by Padres
SAN DIEGO -- If you think that the Padres, who occupied last place in the National League West for most of the first half, are essentially predestined to become sellers at or before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, well, think again.
Despite holding a number of interesting pieces that have and will continue to entice teams, the Padres might not be nearly as active as some might think.
In short, the players on the roster who could help other teams -- third baseman Chase Headley, closer Huston Street and outfielder Carlos Quentin, among others -- are also players the Padres highly value moving forward into the second half and beyond.
San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes said last week that he has already spent time on the phones talking with other general managers about players. However, he hasn't done most of the dialing, and he's certainly done more listening than talking.
"We don't need to trade anyone," Byrnes said.
Headley is the one player on the roster who has attracted the most attention. It's easy to see why, too.
Headley is under team control for two more seasons, he's durable, he's a good defender and he is also a switch-hitter who has fared much better away from Petco Park in his career than he has at it. At the All-Star break, Headley led the Padres in most offensive categories.
The internal consensus is the team would have to be blown away with an offer in order to consider the possibility of moving Headley.
"San Diego is the only organization I've ever been in. I'd like to win some more games, but I think we're on the right path," Headley said. "We have some guys coming up who are making good contributions. The talent is close to being where it needs to be.
"If it were my choice, I would love to be here."
Quentin, who came off the disabled list on May 28 after March knee surgery, blasted five home runs in his first six games but has two hits in his last 25 at-bats and one home run in his last 18 games. A free agent after the season, Quentin could still be moved to a team looking for a right-handed bat with pop.
There's a chance the team could extend Quentin, a San Diego native. Or there's the possibility that the Padres could gain a Draft pick after the end of the first round in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft if he signs elsewhere in the offseason.
Street, the Padres' first-year closer and lone All-Star representative, could be an attractive option for a team seeking relief help before the end of the month.
Street has converted all 13 save opportunities after missing a month earlier in the season with a strained lat muscle. He's healthy now and has been very good.
The Padres figure to receive inquiries from other teams on starting pitcher Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez, the only members of the rotation to make all of their starts (18) in the first half. The Padres, of course, have been ravaged by injuries and currently have seven starting pitchers on the disabled list.
Both Richard and Volquez are under team control for 2013 (Richard for 2014 as well), and Byrnes values starting pitching. So the chances that either of those players is moved in trades are slim.