Another veteran Padres player was traded on Tuesday, as Chase Headley was shipped to the New York Yankees for a pair of prospects.
He follows Huston Street, who was sent to the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend.
The question now is whether the Padres are done making moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Who else could be out of a Padres uniform before next week’s deadline? Let’s look at the feasibility for some of the most talked-about names.
Chris Denorfia: A free agent in the offseason, Deno offers some flexibility in that he can play all three outfield positions. He doesn’t have the power most AL teams would covet (he set a career high with 10 homers last year) but offers a solid career .275 batting average and a wealth of experience. The Blue Jays are also looking long and hard at Denorfia and would probably be his destination when he is dealt. The question is whether Toronto would want both of these guys and if they have enough to give up in return.
Carlos Quentin: He might be the biggest name in the lineup, but that doesn't make him the most desirable. His injury history and no-trade clause make Quentin a bit tougher to move. He hasn't done himself any favors even when healthy, putting up a paltry four homer and .176 batting average in 47 games this season. Potential suitors would most likely come from the American League, where they can DH his bad knees and fielding. Perhaps the Royals?
Ian Kennedy: What an interesting situation this rotation has become. Kennedy has turned it on over the past two months, showing the form that made him a 21-game winner a few years ago. That has also coincided with rookies Odrisamer Despaigne and Jesse Hahn earning spots in the rotation with some quality outings. There’s no shortage of contending teams who would love to have another solid starting pitcher. The Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners, among others, have shown interest. The question is if it’s in the Padres’ best interests to give him up.
Joaquin Benoit: Here is another intriguing option. It wouldn’t make sense to deal away your closer, then turn around and trade away the heir to the ninth inning – and only guy in the bullpen with any real closing experience. But the asking price is high for Benoit, who is owed $8 million this year and next. Will a team like the Pirates or Indians pay for a solid back-inning guy to solidify their bullpen? Or will the Tigers swoop in and deal for the guy they let go in the offseason? Can the Padres afford to lose another top-line reliever? The way this bullpen has been shutting opponents down, they might be able to afford to take a chance with some unproven guys and regroup in the offseason.