MLB Trade Rumors: Five San Diego Padres on the Block in 2014

MLB Rumors: Five San Diego Padres Who Should Be on the Trade Block

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The San Diego Padres have hovered around .500 early this season, but it would be a surprise if they sustained it and became a legit contender.

With the strong likelihood of some veterans being on the move at some point, here are five Padres that may find themselves on the trade block this year.

5. C Nick Hundley

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5. C Nick Hundley

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Hundley was once thought of as the Padres’ catcher of the future, but he is now in his age-31 season and this is the final guaranteed year on his contract. Yasmani Grandal has usurped him on the depth chart at this point, so Hundley’s time in San Diego could come to a close later this year if another team shows interest.

4. OF Xavier Nady

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4. OF Xavier Nady

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If the Padres are not close to playoff contention when the calendar turns to July, the 35-year old Nady would not fit well with a team that may give a lot of young players an opportunity down the stretch. Any return in a trade would not be great, but even getting a mid-tier prospect would be better than keeping Nady around all season.

3. OF Seth Smith

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3. OF Seth Smith

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Smith has two home runs during the early part of the season, but once the Padres have a fully healthy outfield he may be the odd-man out. A left-handed hitter with some pop would surely have some value on the trade market when the deadline gets closer.

2. RP Huston Street

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2. RP Huston Street

Huston Street
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Injuries are a constant concern with Street, as he has not put together back-to-back seasons with more than 50 appearances since 2008 and 2009. 2014 is the last guaranteed year on his contract, and with a potential replacement in Joaquin Benoit the Padres would be in a position to get a solid return for Street if he can stay healthy,

1. OF Carlos Quentin

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1. OF Carlos Quentin

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Health is always the question with Quentin, and he appears to be close to returning to action after being bothered by a left knee issue late in the spring. If he can stay healthy and be productive, the Padres would surely love to shed the money left on Quentin's contract over the next two seasons.

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