Originally written on Friarhood  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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The Padres resisted multiple overtures from contending clubs looking to supplement their rosters for their playoff pursuits and actually held onto one of the more valuable trade deadline commodities. In the midst of a career offensive season (20 HR, .275/.363/.463 slash line), Chase Headley is also a solid defender at a key position and is arbitration eligible for two more seasons. It would have surprised no one had Byrnes pulled the trigger on a deal while Headley’s value was at its highest. Yet Headley remains in San Diego and might instead be viewed by the organization as an important building block; one in whom you invest in with a long-term deal. Padres’ fans know the way this would have probably worked in the past. Draft a player, develop him into a top prospect, and watch him turn into a solid or star big leaguer then trade that player rather than pay him and then begin the process all over again. The Padres have a ready-made replacement in top prospect Jedd Gyorko who is cur...
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