Padres May Keep Headley, Pursue Starters

Padres executives are encouraged by the team’s improved play and will consider adjusting their offseason plans, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Padres are leaning against trading Chase Headley this winter, Rosenthal reports. GM Josh Byrnes considered trade offers for Headley leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, but there’s no urgency to deal the third baseman, who’s under team control through 2014.

The Padres could also attempt to sign at least one free agent starter during the offseason, Rosenthal writes. If possible, they would like to add an impact starter and Hiroki Kuroda is one possible target. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has tried to sign Kuroda twice, according to Rosenthal. He pursued him as the GM of the Diamondbacks and again as the GM of the Padres. 

The Seidler/O’Malley families and Ron Fowler officially completed the purchase of the Padres for $800MM yesterday. San Diego has the best record in the NL West since June 10th at 41-30.

36 Responses to Padres May Keep Headley, Pursue Starters Leave a Reply

  1. bigpat 3 years ago

    They proved they wanted to compete at the deadline when they had some solid pieces but preferred to extend them or hold onto them for the time being. If they make a few additions to their roster, they could have an interesting team out west. Not sure if it will stack up to LA or the others though.

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      Padres have the better farm system and since June 9th have the better record than the Giants and Dodgers as evidenced in their last ten games where they are 9-1.

      Their young team is gelling just as it did in 2009 when they went on a furious 2nd half run and carried it into 2010 before their collapse.

      I wouldn’t count them out next season. With the Diamonbacks and a full season of Skaggs, Bauer, Miley, Kennedy, and Corbin they should be competitive as well. Could well be a 4 team race next season in the NL West.

      • iheartyourfart 3 years ago

        most of those guys are going to have innings caps

        • rainyperez 3 years ago

          I have no idea how what this has to do with them being competitive? And who says the Diamondbacks have the same philosophy as the Nationals or other clubs. They could just let those arms go like the Giants did with Cain, Lincecum, and Bumgarner.

      • Yankees5900 3 years ago

        Daniel Hudson?

  2. PhxPadsFan 3 years ago

    If this is the case they should see what they can get for Gyorko. Teams like the Braves and A’s will be looking for a 3rd basemen over the winter. They both have plenty of young arms and position players that may fit what the Pads needs.

    • Exposfan 3 years ago

      Gyorko for AJ Cole?

    • jesselouis 3 years ago

      No reason to trade a legit 3B just to fill a hole, Gyroko hasn’t proven anything as a pro player. Id prefer they try him at 2B, if he fails at least they didn’t give up anything in the process.

      • PhxPadsFan 3 years ago

        Did not say let headley go. See what you can get for gyorko. He has been getting less time at 2b in recent weeks. Read he was not doing well defensively at 2b and have noticed more him playing more at 3b.

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        • padresfuture 3 years ago

          I would consider sending Gyorko and another top prospect to the Dbacks for Upton. Maybe gyorko plus Liriano

          • PhxPadsFan 3 years ago

            I would like them to keep liriano considering they are so thin in the OF. Consider packaging hedges with gyorko. Probably need more than that to get upton.

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  3. They should definitely keep Headley. He’s pretty cheap right now. If they really want to call Gyorko up they could move him to second.

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      I agree with this notion. That will be a pretty fierce lineup once they insert Gyorko in there. Headly, Gyorko, Alonso, and Grandal should be a good middle of the order.

      • marinest21 3 years ago

        don’t forget Quentin

        • rainyperez 3 years ago

          Thanks I forgot about him. Yeah, with Quentin they shouldn’t have any problems scoring runs.

  4. $20404099 3 years ago

    I hope they do keep Headley and build around him and their core. That’s a pretty exciting young nucleus they have there and if they can fit their main 8 and bench to the park and have success then quality pitchers will be more than happy to go there.

  5. Drew Tweedie 3 years ago

    Keep Headley. Extend Headley. See how Gyorko plays at 2B (unfortunately that will have to wait until next year with all the injuries, so I read).

    As for Kuroda, he would definitely be a welcome addition, but I think the rotation should be fine with a clean bill of health next year. If the ownership is just trying to make a splash though, there are certainly worse ways to spend your newfound money.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

      ya but adding additional pitching and a RF would be the best bet, they do need to spend some of that new money on a few pieces.

      • padresfuture 3 years ago

        Exactly, the right pieces. If the right pieces are not available then dont spend the money just to spend money, wat until the right pieces are available or use the farm depth to aquire the right pieces.

    • Beersy 3 years ago

      At the deadline I was positive that Byrnes was going to deal Headley, but with the way he has played down the stretch, the Padres need to resign him or else the new ownership will be looked upon as the last was, always letting your stars leave once their payday is due.
      As a Padre fan, I don’t want to see them start spending like the Dodgers, just put a good product on the field that has a legimate chance at winning night in and night out and I will be happy.

      • padresfuture 3 years ago

        I agree, I like a team that includes a lot of young hungry players. An entire team built aroumd high priced FA involves a lot of ego and an occasional player that is no longer motivated because he has his contract. They should keep a payroll just enough to do what the braves and cards do, adding the 1 to 2 pieces that make sense and not putting all your eggs in one basket.

  6. iheartyourfart 3 years ago

    a lot of starting pitching options make sense for the padres. I think Jake Peavy or Dan Haren are legit possibilities as frontline starters. If the angels don’t re-up with Haren, I could see him taking a 1-year deal in San Diego to up his value and line him up for a big payday elsewhere in 2014. The Pads would get a potential ace for 2013 and a trade chip if they are out of it/draft picks when he signs elsewhere.

    Hiroki Kuroda, Edwin Jackson, and Shaun Marcum, are all mid-tier guys that could be looking for 2-5 year deals. Marcum particularly could be a good fit in SD because his stuff could play up to more of a #1 type in the NL west and Petco.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, Randy Wolf, Rich Harden could be under-valued guys looking to be reclamation projects. Given all the rotation injuries this year, i’m not sure the padres are willing to gamble as hard with injury risks next season, but they should be heavy in back-end rotation options next season and could be in a good position to take some calculated risk.

    The wishful thinking/wild-card candidate has gotta be Zack Greinke – only because the new ownership might want to make an offseason splash and Greinke is the kind of guy who would sign with the Padres just to troll the other 29 teams.

    • Commander_Nate 3 years ago

      The Angels could go all “Boston” with the Padres: Haren, Wells, Trumbo, Callaspo for Gyorko and Yasmani.
      If the Padres ante-up enough cash, I could actually see Greinke signing there. It doesn’t get any more low-pressure than San Diego.

      • sdsuphilip 3 years ago

        ummmm no, the Padres payroll won’t go north of 100 million, they need to spend smartly

      • GasLampGuru 3 years ago

        The Angels need to pick up Haren’s option in order to trade him, and it wouldnt make much sense to pick it up just to move him. Not to mention, he probably doesnt make sense at the price of his option based on his recent performance.

        The only part of that trade that makes any sense is Gyorko for Trumbo, but the Padres would have a hard time finding a place for Trumbo to play. They are committed to Alonso at 1B, supposedly committed to Headley at third, and there is no way they could handicap the defense by flanking Maybin with Quentin in LF and Trumbo in RF, especially in PetCo.

        Callasp doesn’t help the Padres; they have Headley or Gyorko at 3B, and would probably choose Cabrera’s glove over the marginal offensive improvement Callaspo offers.

        I don’t see the Padres trading Grandal anytime soon when you consider they haven’t had a potential impact bat behind the plate since Benito.

        • Beersy 3 years ago

          Doesn’t seem weird talking about the Padres adding actual freeagents that other teams might want. Instead of dumpster diving, they will be trying to add players that will actually help them contend next year. It is a great time to be a Padre fan. Mr. Byrnes keep up the great work.

        • Commander_Nate 3 years ago

          It was a joke…sort of…I really want Vernon Wells off this team. The way the Red Sox just freed themselves gives me hope.

      • Beersy 3 years ago

        There is no way that the Padres would trade Grandal at this point.

  7. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Headley is showing some serious power this year, keeping him is the best thing the club can do and maybe even throwing a “There’s no chance we trade Headley whatsoever” headline out there to get the fans believing and to get rid of all these rumors that have been following chase the past 2 years.

    • RetroRob 3 years ago

      I think Headley’s value is as high now as it ever will be. Trade him.

  8. Beersy 3 years ago

    The Padres should sign Peavy, or Greinke if they want to go all in, as well as Victorino and they could actually contend next year with a little more luck on the injury front.
    SS Cabrera 1. Peavy/Greinke
    RF Victorino 2. Luebke
    3B Headley 3. Cashner
    LF Quentin 4. Richard
    C Grandal 5. Volquez
    1B Alonso
    CF Maybin SU Gregerson
    2B Gyorko/Amarista/Forsythe CL Street
    That lineup and rotation could put some heat on the rest of the league. And that is without dealing any of the farm system. Kelly, Erlin and Wieland will all be ready for a shot by the end of next season as well.

    • iheartyourfart 3 years ago

      victorino is worse than venable, declining, and would require a multi-year deal. venable can’t hit lefties, but denorfia as a platoon partner mashes them.

      • Beersy 3 years ago

        Victorino just seems to have the intangibles I wish Venable had. He knows what it takes to win and with all of the youth on the Padres, you will need a little veteran leadership.

    • padresfuture 3 years ago

      I still think Bourn makes a ton of sense given Petco and would provide a legit leadoff hitter. I don’t care if some of his value is lost by playing RF, Petco could use two CF’s especially with Quentin in left. Go after Peavy, Kuroda, Haren, or Greinke. One frontline pitcher and Bourn is all that is needed at this point. The payroll would sit in the 80’s with those aquisitions. And would give a lineup

      That 1 to 6 would be crazy. Bench would be Forsythe, amarista, venable, denorfia, and kotsay. The bullpen is already loaded. A starting rotation of Peavy, Luebke, Cashner, Richard, and Volquez with Stults, Bass, Kelly, Erlin, and Wieland all at AAA would be very good an dcould withstand normal injuries.

      • Beersy 3 years ago

        Bourn would be a great pickup for the Padres, but Boras is talking about him as the second coming of Mickey Mantle, which is going to lead some team to overpay drastically, which I hope isn’t the Padres. Byrnes’ first big free agent move as Padres GM doesn’t need to be an overpay.
        As far as your lineup, I’m not sure if I would put the pressure on Gyorko and put him in the three hole to start, but if he produces it makes sense. If Maybin can recapture the success he had last year at the plate he would make a great #2 hitter behind Bourn.
        And I guess the Padres are going to have a backup catcher making $3 million next year as well.

  9. RetroRob 3 years ago

    Not sure I see Kuroda going to the Padres. My guess is it’s back to the Yankees, or back to Japan.

    Kuroda only signed a one-year contract this offseason because he is considering returning home to Japan after 2012. At least one MLB team offered Kuroda a multi-year deal, but he turned it down. Supposedly one team offered him even more money than the Yankees on a single-year deal. Yet he’s pitching so well this year, and doing it in the AL and the AL East for the Yankees, that his value has gone up substantially from last year. My guess is he won’t pass up the opportunity to cash in, so he will continue to pitch for another year or two.

    Yet he seems quite loyal to his teams, even refusing a trade to the NY Yankees at the July 2011 trade deadline because he was committed to the Dodgers. Once the season ended, he then was happy to talk to the Yankees once it was clear that the Dodgers, for some reason, had no interest in signing him again. I don’t see the Yankees letting him simply walk away, and he doesn’t seem like the type to quit on his Yankee teammates if the team still has an interest in him.

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