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5 San Diego Padres Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 San Diego Padres Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

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Entering into 2014, the San Diego Padres were picked by many to be the bottom feeder of a stacked National League West division. However, with a rotation filled with lively arms, the team thought they could remain competitive up until the end. With a struggling offense that is holding the team back, there are five players the Padres should trade in order to show that they are shifting their focus from the present to the future.

5. RHP Ian Kennedy

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5. RHP Ian Kennedy

Ian Kennedy San Diego Padres
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Kennedy was acquired during the trade deadline last year and has displayed that he still possesses the stuff to be a No. 3 starter on a contending team. With an ERA of 3.39 and a career high SO/9 of 9.9, the 29-year-old has proven that his arm is not feeling the wear and tear that people expected. With playoff experience -- granted it was just two starts -- Kennedy would be a key addition to the staff of a team making a late playoff push.

4. RHP Joaquin Benoit

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4. RHP Joaquin Benoit

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When the Padres signed Benoit, it was clear that the move was made so that San Diego could add another valuable piece to flip. Benoit is under team control until 2016. With a 1.69 ERA, Benoit is displaying that he would be a perfect setup man for a contender. With a lofty $ 8 million owed next year, the Padres would have to eat some of his contract, but they could receive a valuable prospect in return.

3. LF Carlos Quentin

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3. LF Carlos Quentin

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Quentin has been injury plagued since the Padres acquired him before the 2012 season. The former All-Star has been an on base machine since coming to San Diego, accumulating an OBP of .370. Quentin is under team control for another two seasons after 2014, but his potential be a powerhouse in the middle of the lineup makes him appealing to suitors. San Diego should not expect much for him, but taking his salary off their hands should be enough.

2. OF Seth Smith

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2. OF Seth Smith

Seth Smith San Diego Padres
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Smith has been the surprise of the season for San Diego. In an otherwise dreadful lineup that struggles to manufacture runs, Smith's six homers, 21 runs batted in, .306 average and .414 OBP are All-Star caliber. This is a case where the Padres have to sell when the 31-year-old's stock is the highest.

1. Closer Huston Street

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1. Closer Huston Street

Huston Street San Diego Padres
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Street has quietly been a steady force in the back end of the Padres' bullpen for the last three seasons. Since 2012, the former All-Star has an ERA of 2.11 with a WHIP of 0.87. This season Street is leading the league in saves with 18 while sporting a jaw-dropping 0.75 WHIP. Street shuts the door without any problems and could be a major upgrade for a team like the Detroit Tigers.