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  1. I didn’t know the MLB was expanding into San Diego this year. Thanks for the info.

    Comment by Jack — August 30, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

  2. Isn’t Headley a free-agent? His numbers at Petco are atrocious, and he stands to make a good deal of money on the market, so I can definitely see him exploring his options.

    Comment by Ira — August 30, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

  3. Headley’s not a free agent until 2015.

    Comment by Darklighter — August 30, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

  4. Touche – although he’s actually under team control until 2014 per Ken Rosenthal.

    Comment by Ira — August 30, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  5. Them claiming Joe Mauer would have been interesting. Trade Alonso for a pitcher, let Mauer play 1st, since no one hits homeruns in PetCo anyway. Sign Gavin Floyd after the Sox decline his options and let hitters try to get it over the fence during his cold stretches.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — August 30, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  6. Found this phrasing odd., “it’s hard to find a quality regular shortstop, and the Padres could find someone else” , even though I understand the point it’s an odd sentence.

    Good stuff overall and changed my opinion on the padres.

    Comment by senrad — August 30, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  7. Chase Headley’s excellence really needs to be acknowledged.

    Also, Joe Blanton would be an excellent FA for the Padres to target.

    Comment by Vin — August 30, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  8. The Padres turnaround has been remarkable and it’s all started with an infusion of talent and athleticism on the field. After dumping the failed middle infield of Bartlett and Hudson and replacing them with Forsythe, Amarista, Cabrera, as well as Grandal and Maybin up the middle, the defense has cleaned up considerably. As a fan who watches them several times a week it’s been a lot of fun to see this team come together and play with an intensity and productivity rarely seen around these parts. While many may criticize Carlos Quentin for his overflowing intensity and one-legged defense, I think his fire has given the team something to rally around… to mention that sweet, short right handed power stroke. Mmmm mmm good.

    While I think even the most optimistic Padres fan(s?) would have a really hard time calling this team anything other than “fun to watch” at the moment it’s a huge step in the right direction. Here is my concern: the Padres have always seemed content to be the best within their division and let the cards fall where they may when the postseason hits. Even in the mid aughts (or most recent golden years of SD baseball), those 88- and 89 win teams were never expected to make it out of the first round and lo and behold we won one playoff game in 3+ years of decency. The NL West for all it’s intrigue is not to be confused with AL East or even the NL East for that matter. Until this new ownership group makes a solid commitment to building a “winner” not a “contender”, I think most of us fans will stay forever skeptical.

    That being said I hope Chase Headley stays around for awhile; I love watching that kid play and he’d be a darkhorse MVP candidate in any other park.

    Comment by Gary Sheffield Firesale — August 30, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  9. Its sad when your hopes and dreams are… Joe Blanton.

    Comment by Jack — August 30, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  10. Hey Jack, some of us who read this site actually live in San Diego.

    So yes, this is very exciting news.

    Comment by Jon L. — August 30, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  11. He’s under team control through 2014. Free agent for the ’15 season.

    Comment by Teej — August 30, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  12. Ahhh Chase Headley. A C. Headley like me. A 3rd basemen like me in little league. I am proud of my namesake.

    Comment by Pacoheadley — August 30, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  13. No Heavy B!

    Comment by Schlom — August 30, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  14. Grandal looks like he is going to be good. When they called him up, guys were challenging him and he was hitting everything in sight. When pitchers adjusted, he started walking a ton. Now it seems like they may have rushed him back from his oblique injury, as he doesn’t quite seem the same right now.

    I’ve said this before, but I would like to see the Padres go after Matusz or Arrieta.

    Comment by Nolan — August 30, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  15. Yeah, that was quite poorly put. I uh…yeah, that was quite poorly put.

    Comment by Jeff Sullivan — August 30, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  16. In an ESPN article about Derek Jeter, it says he is a darkhorse candidate for MVP. And said he might be the greatest shortstop of all-time. And most comments agree with both of those statements. And then my head exploded.

    Comment by The Anchorman 2 — August 30, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

  17. I think it should be noted that while Venable has had great production driven by a high BABIP this month he was not good at all in June and July. Which is to say he has been typical Will Venable, great joy mixed with great dissappointment. This year he has added a nice wrinkle by throwing in some terrible defensive plays every once in a while. Now, Venable and Denorfia do make a pretty reasonable RF platoon.

    The Carlos Quentin HBP total vs. Carlos Quentin HR total battle is great fun to watch too.

    Comment by Drakos — August 30, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  18. lol Red Sox

    Comment by Boston Sucks — August 30, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  19. They don’t need mediocre starters (unless everyone gets hurt again next year).

    Comment by James — August 30, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  20. I am pretty confident there will be a different starting RF.

    Venable always has these stretches where he looks like a potential star, but then he always settles at .250/.320/.420.

    Comment by James — August 30, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  21. No stars but solid all around. That’s exactly what people have been saying about the Padres #1 ranked farm system.

    Comment by randplaty — August 30, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  22. No way the Padres could be able to sign Kuroda

    Comment by Mr. F — August 30, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  23. I’m just fine with venorfia in RF again. Combined they are a solid RF. Maybe Darnell could challenge for the starting job, though he might be too much of a liability in Petco’s big RF.

    Comment by tony — August 30, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  24. This is a fantastic spot-on analysis of what I have been ‘watching’ (due to Fox Sports negotiations with cable providers I do not see any Padres games, sigh! but I listen on MLB At Bat- talk about old new school). The first six weeks of the season were amazingly depressing. No one could catch, no one could hit, no one could pitch. and every pitcher went on the disabled list. We were on a 45 win pace- really. Then they finally got rid of Hudson, Bartlett and unfortunately for him Hundley, brought in the kids and voila you wrote this article that perfectly describes the situation. It makes one feel really good when one’s view is seen by others. There is so much pitching talent I can’t wait for next year.

    Comment by davids — August 30, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  25. Another thing- adding a pitcher like Kuroda or Peavy is exactly, IMHO, what is needed.

    Comment by davids — August 30, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  26. Why is that?

    Comment by PadresFuture — August 30, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  27. I think this team needs a RF upgrade and a veteran frontline starting pitcher. Once healthy there will be plenty of good starting pitching, so much so that the padres are going to have to figure out what to do with stults and moseley. Volquez, Richards, Veteran SP FA, Luebke, and Cashner… this could leave Bass, Kelly, Erlin, Werner, Wieland, and Stults all in AAA.

    Comment by PadresFuture — August 30, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  28. Hard to be best SS ever, when he is second best on his own team.

    Comment by jamie — August 30, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  29. Some right-handed starters could be interesting, obviously Kuroda, but also Blanton, Dempster, Edwin Jackson, McCarthy, Matsuzaka, or Anibal Sanchez, to maximize the ill-effects going against LH power hitters.

    Comment by Joe — August 30, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  30. I really think that this team has a shot at 500 next year but not a lot more. As a long time Padre fan I am okay with 500 next year given the futility of the last couple of years.

    I agree with most everyone else that a veteran starter and new RF are gravely needed. I would rather have a starter than a RF though because Denorifa and Venable aren’t that bad from a platoon standpoint and Venable’s defense is Gold Glove caliber most of the time.

    Hopefully Gyorko can transition to 2nd and Cabrera can bat 260 and keep playing solid defense. That kid has a cannon for an arm and I love his speed on the base paths.

    Comment by Clayton — August 30, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  31. My god, how satisfying would it (will it?) be if (when?) the Padres with their measly payroll win more ballgames in 2013 than the Fed, uh, sorry, I meant the Dodgers? Deep pockets are great but poor management, particularly poor management that is wholeheartedly encouraged by overly aggressive, short-sighted, and altogether irrational ownership, is always impossible to overcome, in all sports. The New York Knicks are an outstanding example from the NBA, the Washington Redskins from the NFL. The Dodgers are now the MLB equivalent of those two organizations.

    Also, I should not have laughed at the title of this article, but I did. Good one!

    Comment by Robbie G. — August 30, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  32. Since 6/12/12:

    San Diego Padres 41-30
    Los Angeles Dodgers 31-39

    Comment by Robbie G. — August 30, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

  33. Sorry, make that since 6/10/12.

    Comment by Robbie G. — August 30, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  34. just Jake Peavy

    Comment by Harry — August 30, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  35. Hey, us Royals are only a couple of games behind the Bosox, and we just swept the Tiggers, and no one is even talking about the fact that no one talks about us! Someone mention that we are unmentioned, too!!!!

    Comment by Xaq Green Key — August 31, 2012 @ 12:21 am

  36. Ha Ha, what a joke.
    Jeter ranks 52nd in the American league in WAR

    Comment by DJ — August 31, 2012 @ 1:54 am

  37. If you have not had an opportunity to watch Casey Kelley pitch then get out to the ballpark and take a gander. I promise you will be impressed by what you see. Kelly is going to be a part of the Padres rotation for many years to come. Slot him in at #4-#5 for 2013.

    Luebke wont be back until early June 2013 and Weiland even later. Moseley and Stauffer are both likely to be non-tendered.

    So your rotation may look more like this to start the season:
    Volquez, Veteran SP, Richard, Cashner, Kelly
    With Bass or Stults as your LR/Spot Starter.
    Werner is Wade Leblanc revisited. Look for him to go up and down from AAA as injuries happen.

    I would not be surprised to see Volquez moved in the offseason if the Padres can bring on board Peavy or another starter that can be slotted in at #1. Yes I know Peavy is not a true #1 anymore, but he can be slotted there ahead of the rest of the pitchers in the Padres rotation.

    What the Padres DONT need is a mediocre SP like Blanton. #1 or #2 or just go with what you have and upgrade in RF.

    Comment by Websoulsurfer — August 31, 2012 @ 2:29 am

  38. You’re right, of course. Justin Verlander is a pitcher the Padres should target.

    Comment by Bookbook — August 31, 2012 @ 6:12 am

  39. Love the comment, but I always cringe when anyone calls a baseball player, especially one as old as Headley, a kid.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — August 31, 2012 @ 9:11 am

  40. “The Headley Exception”: worst Robert Ludlum novel yet?

    Comment by Owen — August 31, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  41. He has a .370 wOBA over 12,000PA he is probably among the greatest hitting SS of all time. Hard to say for sure but SS with 390 wRAA have to be in that conversation

    Comment by Hmm — August 31, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  42. A conversation that begins and ends with Honus Wagner and his 800 wRAA.

    Comment by PiratesHurdles — August 31, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  43. That is a harlequin inquiry brethren.

    Comment by Corneileus C. Headley — August 31, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

  44. Venable suffers to a lesser degree than Headley or the departed Gonzalez, but he is LHB (Headley is switch) with some power in Petco, so suffers. His career road OPS is 787 (vs. 686 at home). Typically players get a 15-30 OPS bounce for playing at home (assuming a neutral park), so I view Venable as a ~800 OPS hitter (ableit mostly in platoon), with very good defense and good base running. That deserves a platoon spot. I do hope they move in the right field fences to encourage power LHB to play in SD.

    Comment by Jay Stokes — August 31, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  45. Padres and headley, best in August
    \Things are lookin up

    Bourn

    Comment by chuck — September 1, 2012 @ 11:55 am

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