San Diego Padres In 2014: Maybe Without Headley And Volquez?

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One trade that could be exemplary of what the Padres need to do is the Hunter Pence trade from the Astros to the Phillies. The Phillies had an abundance of young prospects, and the Astros were in a situation similar to that of the Padres. The Astros got Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singelton, and Josh Zeid for Pence, cash, and a PTBNL. Headley might not carry the same value that Pence did at the time, but I’m sure that the Padres could get a similar deal to the one that the Astros got.

One trade that could be exemplary of what the Padres need to do is the Hunter Pence trade from the Astros to the Phillies. The Phillies had an abundance of young prospects, and the Astros were in a situation similar to that of the Padres. The Astros got Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singelton, and Josh Zeid for Pence, cash, and a PTBNL. Headley might not carry the same value that Pence did at the time, but I’m sure that the Padres could get a similar deal to the one that the Astros got.

Bernie Olshansky (Baseball Writer):

After the San Diego Padres looked promising in the early months of 2013, the team has finally come back down to Earth.

The team looked like it might contend for an NL West title – or a Wild Card about 45 games into the season, but from then on, the season went downhill.

In this feature, I’ll discuss at what the team could look like next year if Chase Headley and Edinson Volquez wind up elsewhere.

This year, Chase Headley has not been anywhere close to what he was in 2012.

Last season, the Padres third baseman was a legitimate MVP candidate, driving in 115 runs (Led NL – and had 73 after the ALL – Star Game) and hitting 31 HR.

This season, he started off on the DL and came back to hit only 8 HRs with 33 RBI while only hitting .238. This performance is a far cry from 2012.

This situation could pose as a buy-low situation for any team in need of a third baseman. If Headley were to put up monster numbers this year, he would undoubtedly get a monster contract. For this reason, I would not rule out Headley staying with the Padres. But, if he does decide to sign elsewhere, the Padres could be adversely affected.

This situation could pose as a buy-low situation for any team in need of a Third Baseman. If Headley were to put up monster numbers in the next 14 months, he would undoubtedly get a monster contract offer from someone.  Headley has a 3 Slash in 2013 of .238/.338/.719 – with 8 HRs and 33 RBI.  However, the man does have 12 XBH and a .898 OPS in his last 23 Games.  If Headley gets hot like last year’s Post ALL – Star Break, the more his 2014 Arbitration Award will be.

By no means were the San Diego Padres a good team in 2012. But, without Chase Headley, they would have been on the same level as the Houston Astros or the Miami Marlins.

Even with Headley the team was very close to that level. This year, we are getting a good taste of what the team looks like without a star.

If Headley is gone, we are going to see exactly what we are seeing in the present—a struggling team with a mediocre-at-best third baseman.

If he were to walk, I do not see any prospect waiting in the wings to be a good replacement. The current third basemen in Tuscon, the Triple-A affiliate are Jesus Merchan and Scott Moore.

Moore has been decent this season, hitting .278 with 12 HR and 58 RBI in 309 AB. Merchan has had far less time, hitting .271 with no HR and 15 RBI in 140 AB.

Moore has decent numbers, but subtract a few HR and RBI due to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. There is no way either of these guys would be a suitable replacement for Chase Headley.

And, without Headley or someone similar, I see no chance for the Padres to contend in the NL West.

The only way to have a trade work is to acquire a 2014 ready Third Baseman in return.  If a team could do that, maybe he could be dangled in the next 48 – 60 hours.

There is a massive distinction between the two players as Chase Headley is eligible for 1 more year of Arbitration, before hitting the Free Agent Market – while Volquez is in the last year of his deal.

Headley makes $8.58 MIL this year – and could reach $10 MIL+ for 2014’s Salary.

If Headley remains with the Padres until after the 2014 year, the club will likely offer the Third Baseman a $15 MIL/1 YR Qualifying Offer for 2015.

Even if they can’t sign him long-term, at least they would receive an extra pick if another teams signs the 2012 Silver Slugger.

The ownership has mentioned they are willing to increase payroll in the future, so it is a possibility.  Perhaps the best thing that could happen is for #7 to finish the year strong – to at least give the club a stronger asset to deal.

As far as Edinson Volquez goes, the Padres will be just fine without him. 

I do not see any reason for the Padres to resign Volquez. After this season, he will have only pitched two seasons for the Padres. In 2012, he had a 4.14 ERA in 182.2 innings.

This season, Volquez is even worse, carrying a 5.70 ERA in 120 innings. His best season came in 2008 in Cincinnati when he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 196 innings.

He has not been even close to that, having an ERA over four ever since. If the Padres are smart, they will make some room on the payroll and let Volquez walk.

I could see the Padres signing a mediocre starter for 2014 to join the rotation. If they could get another guy like Jason Marquis, they might have a better shot at contention than they do with Volquez in the rotation.

They might want to go after Dan Haren, who has had a very rough year for the Nationals. I’m sure the Padres could get Haren for a decent deal and sign him for a short-term contract in hopes that he would regain his previous form.

The bottom line: the 2013 Padres are not good. If they want to contend anytime soon, they are going to have to make some serious changes and land some great prospects.

If the team wants to build around Chase Headley, they need to extend him very soon. Moves need to be made.

Volquez has represented his country twice in the WBC, 2009 and 2013. He has a combined 1-1 record with that one win coming on the Dominican's undefeated run in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  The man has started 2013 abysmally - with a record of 0 - 3, plus an 8.84 ERA. Volquez has been wild, throwing 5 Wild Pitchers already.  The Walks are not foreign to his arsenal unfortunately.  The Veteran Pitcher led the National League in Walks last campaign (105 BB in 182.2 IP).  He has received the benefits of pitching at Petco Park in order to put up okay numbers.

Volquez leads the NL in Games Started (22) Earned Runs (76) and has Walked 55 Guys in 120 IP.  He also led the National League in Walks last campaign (105 BB in 182.2 IP). This despite receiving the benefits of pitching at Petco Park – usually a good place for Pitchers.

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Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve experienced some exciting times with the local baseball teams—the Giants winning the World Series being the most memorable highlight. Some of my favorite players include Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum, and Cliff Lee among others. I played baseball up through my freshman year of high school and transitioned into being a full time fan. I regularly attend major and minor league games when I have free time. I enjoy working at a baseball store. I’m in my senior year of high school and hope to major in Journalism or Sports Administration in college. Follow Bernie on Twitter (@BernieOlshansky).

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