At the start of the season, it was easy to see that there would be a lot of trade buzz surrounding San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. However, Headley’s injuries quieted that trade talk real fast, and now it seems that any trade talk surrounding him is all but over.
San Diego is planning on moving forward from trades and will focus on the future with Headley in it. He only has eight homers in 93 games this season, but the team still sees him and outfielder Carlos Quentin in their future. On a bright spot, the team is ahead of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants in the NL West and only sit about eight games out of first place.
Things are looking up for San Diego. Jedd Gyorko, Yonder Alonso and Will Venable are part of the success that the front office sees going forward. Sure, there are things that the Padres could upgrade, but they could possibly wait until either free agency or a few years from now when Austin Hedges and Max Fried are ready to come to the big leagues.
Headley is due for a big contract and San Diego may give him one. It helps that he tapered off this season, as he will not be given an extremely lucrative contract but one that has some wiggle room for both parties.