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Report: Padres likely to trade outfielder Chris Denorfia

Jul 19, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

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The Padres swapped All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels last night in a six-player trade and they likely aren’t done making deals.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Padres are expected to trade outfielder Chris Denorfia before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. The 34-year-old is batting just .244/.295/.329 with one home run this season, but he owns an .809 OPS against southpaws for his career and could be a useful platoon player/extra outfielder for a contender. He’s making $2.25 million in 2014 and will be a free agent this offseason.

The return for Denorfia will likely be minimal, but the Padres could fetch more if they end up dealing third baseman Chase Headley, right-hander Ian Kennedy, and new closer Joaquin Benoit. All three names continue to surface in trade rumors, with the Blue Jays among the teams linked to Headley.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Lots of trades being made and a lot of faith being shown in people who apparently won’t the be the GM moving forward.

    Yep, that sounds just about right for the Padres.

    • dan1111 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Maybe so, but you can’t argue with the results on the Street trade.

  2. gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I was expecting only the extra pieces to go, and so far, that’s the case with Street, with a backup closer already there. Denorfia and Headley are also likely to go as extra pieces, but Benoit isn’t an extra piece. These are players not expected to be part of the future, and any new GM wouldn’t object to clearing the decks.

    The rumors of Street/Benoit seem to follow the idiotic idea that a team with a losing record doesn’t need a closer. The Padres held on to Trevor Hoffman in 2001 when they lost 96 games and Hoffman saved 38 games. Without those save, the team could have lost 110 games – and their fan base. THAT’s why even losing teams need a closer.

    • ltzep75 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Can any Padres fans tell me whether they consider Torres or Thayer a potential closer?

      • vanmorrissey - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Who said that? From the minute they got Benoit he was targeted as the closer should Street get moved which is why it’s ignorant to think they’d trade both the same year. Does not make sense if they feel they’re not that far to deal both. And I’ve read NOWHERE that Torres or Thayer would be the answer as closer. No-where.

      • ltzep75 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Exactly. Benoit is staying put.

  3. darman55 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I know it will never happen, but I’d love to see the Giants pick this guy up. He would improve the bench by a 100%.

  4. chargrz - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The Padres never change , different ownership same results. They continue to be the laughing stock of MLB and will continue to be as they are now in FireSale 4.0.They don’t want to be a winning organization, they just want to cut payroll like previous owners.Looks like that 1st pick in 2015 draft is a lock.

    • irishmanknowsall - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Oh ye of little faith and less information. The Cubs hold the distinction of smelling up the joint for the last 100 years plus. SD has a professional ball park to play in, and that puts them miles ahead of the girls from N. Chicago.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Mn, you’re a broken record. How soon does the Chargers’ pre-season start, so we can be rid of you?

  5. mungman69 - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Until the padres learn how to hit the ball they will only be the fifth best team in California .

  6. jwbiii - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    The Padres purchased the contract of 3B Chris Nelson yesterday. I think this means Headley is next.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Nah, he’s a journeyman who will fill in (with others) until Gyorko gets off the DL and gets moved back to his original position, 3B. Headley’s been “next” since last off-season when he and his agent showed no inclination to stay in San Diego at a reasonable salary for his output.

  7. icanspeel - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    The return would be very minimal, he is one of the players they should keep, he is a hard working, good veteran presence and could probably re-sign him fairly cheap as a backup outfielder.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      I suspect his name is coming up because he’s being packaged with Headley, and maybe some others, in a possible trade. Neither would net much whether traded separately or together, so there must be another player with more than 2 months control involved, probably a pitcher.

  8. rawdog2013 - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Hard working, fast, decent bat and a good club house guy.

    He’d fit perfectly with the A’s

  9. yahmule - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I was in PetCo to see him deliver a pinch-hit walkoff homer off Aroldis Chapman just about a year ago.

  10. sisqsage - Jul 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Always liked the way he played the game. Could definitely help somebody off the bench. Probably just needs a change of scenery. Had no idea he was already 34. Seems like a consummate pro that some GM will pull the trigger on to help in a pennant race.

    • vanmorrissey - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Denorfia was picked up off the street and has played full hustle day in, day out. Never the most gifted but has been team hustle guy his entire career here. Anyone they move deserves the chance to get to the playoffs since this team has many years to go, if any, before they get there again. Sorry, truth, and I’m a stupid season ticket holder.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        Any team with a #4 rated pitching staff can become a contender quickly. That’s a contending team with just league average hitting, and building a staff like that is a lot harder than finding guys who can hit better than .163.

        As a Padres fan, did you see the 4-game series with the first place Dodgers? L.A. took 3 of 4, and the Padres managed only 7 runs in 4 games against the Dodgers’ famous pitching. But the Dodgers only scored 7 runs in 4 games against the sneaky-good Padres pitching. If the Padres had won one of those last two 1-0 games, earning a split, you would have felt a lot better, wouldn’t you?

        A team with contender-quality pitching doesn’t need years to become a contender, just a couple consistent bats and league average from everybody else.

  11. irishmanknowsall - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Diamondback fans (both of them) desperately want SD to take Kevin Turner off their hands. DB will let him go for some parking places.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      You mean Kevin Towers? He can’t return to the Padres until he has completed his mission of destroying the Diamondbacks as contenders for at least a decade. You still have a couple good prospects he hasn’t traded yet, and both Towers and Gibson have another year to go. Next year, Paul Goldschmidt is scheduled to be traded to the Yankees for Alex Rodriguez, because third basemen are harder to find than first basemen. Sorry.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      The man has lou gehrig’s disease. That’s just rude to make comments like that about him

  12. mikhelb - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    The Padres continue to be the 9th best run baseball team in California, and there are only 4 MLB teams besides them in the state.

  13. rcali - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Such a great city, such a poorly run organization.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Give the O’Malley family time. They know how to run an organization, but they let local minority owner Ron Fowler be the face of the franchise until they get established. They’re slowly putting their own people in place one by one, rather than disrupt the operation with mass turnover. Peter O’Malley’s sons are in their 30s and his sister’s sons are in their 40s. They have plenty of time.

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