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San Diego Padres Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

5 San Diego Padres Rumors to Watch Leading up to 2014 MLB Trade Deadline

Bud Black San Diego Padres
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The San Diego Padres' offense is by far the worst in baseball, leading to a poor 38-47 record. Despite their bad record, the Padres have several attractive trade candidates, and several teams willing to jump in as trade partners.

Chris Denorfia Could be Moved

Chris Denorfia San Diego Padres
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Chris Denorfia Could be Moved

Chris Denorfia San Diego Padres
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He may not be the biggest name on the market, but Denorfia is a solid fourth outfielder. He brings plus-defense and he can hold his own with the bat. He's hitting just .250/.300/.342 this year, but he has a much better .277/.337/.402 career batting line.

Seth Smith Receives a Two-Year Extension

Seth Smith San Diego Padres
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Seth Smith Receives a Two-Year Extension

Seth Smith San Diego Padres
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Being by far the best hitter for the Padres this year has earned Seth Smith a two-year extension. In 281 plate appearances, Smith is hitting .282/.386/.504 with a 155 wRC+. He was viewed as an attractive trade piece, but the Friars may be reluctant to move him now.

Huston Street May be the Best Reliever on the Market

Huston Street San Diego Padres
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Huston Street May be the Best Reliever on the Market

Huston Street San Diego Padres
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The Padres' closer is one of the best relievers in baseball this year. He is on the final year of his contract and he has a 0.90 ERA in 30 innings in 2014. The Padres should, and will, continue to shop him and it looks like he will probably change jerseys at some point before July 31.

Joaquin Benoit Joins Street as Padres' Most-Talked-About Pieces

Joaquin Benoit San Diego Padres
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Joaquin Benoit Joins Street as Padres' Most-Talked-About Pieces

Joaquin Benoit San Diego Padres
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Along with Street, the Padres also have the next-best reliever on the market in Joaquin Benoit. In 34.2 innings in 2014, Benoit has a 1.30 ERA with 10.13 K/9 and just 1.82 BB/9. The fact that he is 37 years old and has another season on his contract may scare some teams, but he still has tremendous value.

Chase Headley, for Some Reason, is Still an Attractive Trade Chip

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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Chase Headley, for Some Reason, is Still an Attractive Trade Chip

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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Even though he hasn't been more than average since his excellent 2012 season in which he hit .286/.376/.498 with a 145 wRC+, Chase Headley has been one of the most-discussed trade chips on the Padres' roster. In 251 plate appearances this year, he his hitting just .202/.287/.318 with a 77 wRC+.