In the next few weeks, the Padres will have to make some very important decisions.
Teams will start inquiring about the trade availability of some of their better players, like Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley and Houston Street.
All three of them played a role in San Diego's 8-7, 10-inning win in Houston.
With the game tied 7-7 in the top of the 10th, Headley worked a walk, stole 2nd, and scored when Quentin hit a rocket into the right-centerfield gap.
Street took it from there, working a scoreless 10th. Street is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunites with the Padres.
So it was a nice audition for those guys. The question is, were they auditioning for the other 29 MLB teams? Or for a chance to stay in San Diego?
Quentin will likely generate the most interest. He'll be a free agent at the end of the season and the Padres will have to either gamble that he'll sign a long-term deal with his home town team, or trade him to get something in return.
Street's contract has a mutual option for next year (it must be agreed to by both him and the team) at $9 million. If baseball history tells us anything, it's that closers are a hot commodity at the trade deadline.
Headley is under contract control through 2014, so there's no immediate pressure to deal him, which might make him more tradeable. A contender would have to ante up a better prospect package to pry Headley out of town now than they would if free agency was imminent.