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Report: Padres have no plans to trade Chase Headley

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08:33 AM ET 05.18 | Teams hoping to make a play for star Padres third baseman Chase Headley this summer might have to seek a backup plan. While there's been some early speculation about a trade for Headley since he recently said publicly that he wouldn't discuss a contract extension during the season, people with ties to the team are saying it's "unlikely" that there will be a trade involving the Padres' best player. The Padres acknowledge they didn't get very far in contract talks this winter, and while no figures have become public, it's believed they were hoping to do a deal for south of $100 million -- no surprise considering their market size and spending history. It's believed they were considering a five-year deal, at most, but it's possible they were willing to go to something in the range of $75 million. Headley's side hasn't said what it's looking for either, but agents not involved suggest Ryan Zimmerman's $100 million, six-year extension from a couple of springs ago should be viewed by the player as a baseline. Headley's agent, Casey Close, didn't return a message. "Our first choice is to sign him,'' Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said by phone.

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May 18, 2013  08:49 AM ET

One phone call, the right one, and it will be done. What is Byrnes suppose to say, " we are looking to unload him for all we can get because we cannot keep him ?"

May 18, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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One phone call, the right one, and it will be done. What is Byrnes suppose to say, " we are looking to unload him for all we can get because we cannot keep him ?"

It's the 'read between the lines' Media of today...

As far as Headley goes...

I see a guy who's had alot of failed expectations and 1 very good year... 7 weeks into the season and 13 RBIs shouldn't have anyone opening up the checkbook just yet...

Don't get me wrong... he's a nice player...

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May 18, 2013  11:48 AM ET

Mr. GM good public relations message to your team and fans. The Mets had the same problem with Wright on whether to keep him or trade him for prospects. Ask yourself or they better off my keeping him ? NO. Your team is still far away from getting to the top of the division, so trade him for prospects and keep building your team for the future.

May 18, 2013  02:05 PM ET

Thank you, Hedy, thank you

It's not *Hedy*, it's *Headley*. Chase Headley.

May 19, 2013  02:19 AM ET

trade him for prospects, then when they are good, we trade them for prospects, a viscious cycle that goes no where.

 
May 19, 2013  10:34 AM ET

I see SD working out a deal with Headly as currently the Padres do not have a viable replacement at third base. Good thirdbaserman are few. When you have one most teams try to retain him I think the Padres will pony up to keep Headly.

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